Google boss preps seriously 'wonky' book
Publishers scramble for super Schmidt spiel
Eric Schmidt has made sure he won't be hanging around cluttering up the house when he finishes his stint as Google CEO, by immediately seeking to have someone jot down his words of wisdom for a book. A real one, apparently on paper.
An auction for the book is expected to close today, according to reports.
Schmidt has apparently shown he is deadly serious about imparting his wisdom, by already settling on a title Empire of the Mind: The Dawn of the Techno-Political Age. Which clearly ticks all the boxes for a cracking page-turner.
Even more seriously, Schmidt has settled on a writer, sorry co-writer, in the shape of Jared Cohen. Cohen already has two books of his own under his belt, as well as experience at the US State Department, and running the Google Ideas think tank.
Crains said the planned volume has been described as seriously wonky.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the book will examine "the challenges that technology poses to authoritarian regimes".
This is of course a subject Schmidt knows much about, having overseen Google's own fearless challenge against a number of authoritarian regimes, including the European Commission's competition authorities and assorted rights holders' and publisher groups.
Schmidt famously thinks we should all enjoy the freedom to move house if we don't like our homes being paraded on Street View, or change our names in a bid to erase our digital footprints.
Quite why Schmidt needs a co-writer is a mystery. Surely a combination of Google Apps and Translate would've done most of the heavy work of translating his wisdom into words on a screen.
In fact, with the technology presumably at his disposal, Schmidt could've neatly spat out the words and had them loaded straight into Google Books, leaving him with the simple decision of whether to bitch about his work being buried by an authoritarian regime or praise the world's largest book depository for bringing his work to a wider audience. ®
It is a truth universally acknowledged...
...that ghost-written books are shite.
Why bother hiring a ghost-writer, when his very own company has created Google Scribe, with its glorious auto-suggest feature? This is what it suggested for the opening paragraph of the book: -
Empire of the Mind: the Dawn of the Techno-Political Age. There are no comments for this question. And then there is another way to get them to work in the background of the Hulu team of experts to form the new Joomla Security Strike Team. The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate messages to two male students. I have a question about this product's reviews of local restaurants and bars. It is a very good job. But the most important thing is to be used in the present study.
I'll be very surprised if Jared Cohen can put together a more gripping opening to Mr. Schmidt's forthcoming tome.
It's a shame no one will want to read it
Otherwise the less legally minded fringe would have great fun uploading it to torrent sites and so forth.Of course I wouldn't condone such things, but it would be very funny.