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Google CEO: Israelis Succeed Because They Break Rules

Google chairman Eric Schmidt provided a vote of support toward Israel on Sunday, praising its “culture of entrepreneurship” amidst several high-profile attempts to lob global boycotts against the Jewish state.

“Israel is booming in terms of entrepreneurship because you have a culture to challenge authority and to question everything,” Schmidt said, in a speech to hundreds of students and researchers at the Weizmann Institute. “You’re not going by the rules.”

“The impact of the Israelis on science and technology is immense, so that’s why I’m here and why I’m investing here,” he added.

In the modern world, he noted, as the economy grows, there is a need for innovation and the establishment of new companies.

“For this to happen, a country must invest in several areas: education, high-speed connection to the Internet, an open immigration policy that will enable leading minds to move between countries, as well as an environment that encourages entrepreneurship,” Schmidt said.

He turned to the researchers and urged them to think big.

“You have to make big bets,” he said. “If you are building something, try to solve problems for the whole world.” He gave as examples some of Google’s developments, such as contact lenses that can detect blood glucose levels and help people who suffer from diabetes, and autonomous cars without drivers.

“1.2 million people die each year in road accidents,” he stated. “Anything you can do to reduce that would be enormous.”

“In the coming years, many people will move to big cities and the current transport infrastructure that exists cannot endure the influx,” he continued. “9% of the city is occupied by cars, whether driving or parked.”

“Then there is also a strong economic need for a car without a driver,” he added. “I am convinced that if our grandchildren will see an old movie in which an actor sits behind the wheel and drives himself, they will laugh. They will ask: how did they have time to drive?”

Encryption as protection

Schmidt also addressed the question of how to maintain privacy and security in a world where information flows freely.

“Technically, you can protect your information by using different types of encryption,” he said.


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