Open Letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Dear Eric,

It is only with respect and awe that I can express my appreciation in regards to all the various technological improvements that you brought into our lives in a way that is changing the way we live in a very fundamental way. I am so glad to see that you are not limiting yourself to the internet, but that you are bringing your problem solving skills to areas that many wouldn’t even dare challenge.

While most of the focus on the mobile market is about the competition you have against Apple, I clearly understand that for you Android is simply a platform enabling you to bring the innovation you have done for the web to our daily lives in a more personal and intimate way. Given the mobile OS options already in the market were not nearly robust enough for your standards and the iOS being closed your only option was to build your own. I can also understand your focus on reach over standardization. But I think you have tip toed your way around the question about OS fragmentation.
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Basic Needs…

Its very hard to understand human psyche.

We live in an amazing world: We can reach all kinds of information at the press of a button, we can video call long distance and collaborate on a document with several people scattered all over the world. We can single handedly reach 1 Million people and communicate to them directly without the influence of any socio-political filter. We are capable of aggregating information to our liking and build our own personal newspaper. We can build our own community and share our life and know about our friends like never has been possible before, even broadcast ourselves. We can watch what we want when we want, and we can decide what others should watch or read and make our opinion matter…

Then we can travel all over the world in a matter of hours. We can remain in touch with all the above with a small device in our pockets, we can hold a library in our other pocket and a whole music collection in our jacket.

We do all this, and we do it naturally, elegantly… Almost unconsciously…

A friend told me, in regards to having Internet on a plane: “So you see, you are miles high in the sky, actually flying, sitting comfortably and flying, having your drink, your friends your music and reaching the other end of the world in the middle of the sky, you will be somewhere totally different, a new adventure is expecting you… and you go: ‘Fuck it, the net  is so slow on this plane!’ ”

I wonder how while continuing to pursue new horizons we could constantly remind ourselves of our real basic needs: Health, Nature and Love… always were, always will be enough for the pursuit of happiness.

Sadok Kohen