While he’s not busy writing instructions on how to lead a tech company or guides for switching from iPhone to Android, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has taken some time out to provide Bloomberg TV with his predictions for 2014. Schmidt has a history of bold public statements, but his predictions for the year ahead are rather tame in comparison. "Everyone is going to have a smartphone," predicts Schmidt. "The trend has been mobile was winning; it’s now won," he proclaims, before noting the trend towards more tablets and phones being sold than PCs.
The mobile trend has been clear throughout the past couple of years, but Schmidt also notes the "arrival of big data and machine intelligence everywhere" as significant bases for new services, the ability to locate and rank people, and the way the data can change "every business globally." One of the biggest disruptions that Schmidt admits "we don’t really know what’s going to happen" is the genetics area. Advances in DNA sequencing and the ability to have personal genetics records "will yield discoveries in cancer treatment and diagnostics over the next year," claims Schmidt. "They’re unfathomably important."