Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has said that there will be an Android device in every pocket if the search and advertising company “gets it right”. Delivering a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Schmidt said that this would be accomplished through significant cost reductions, as this year’s US$400 phone would be next year’s US$100 phone. The aim he said was a US$70 smartphone as this was an inflection point where a new market of opportunity arose.
James Gosling, the creator of the Java programming language, has quit Google after only five months at the firm, and has joined a startup that uses wireless communication technologies for data harvesting.
Next week, robots and people will flock to the UK’s De Montfort University in Leicester for the thirty-sixth annual convention for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB 2010). Alas, the Informer won’t be going, but he thinks it sounds like a fascinating programme, with more than a touch of science fiction about it, aiming to discuss innovations that people will think of as commonplace in 50 years time.