Google has acquired a slew of robotics startups, put ex-Android chief Andy Rubin in charge of a new robotics unit, and is reportedly talking with Foxconn about using robots to automate manufacturing tasks.
Schmidt also declares artificial intelligence will be "the biggest thing" going forward. "Technology is evolving from asking a question to making a relevant recommendation." He has previously suggested Google Now's A.I. tech could be used for enterprise analytics tasks.
Meanwhile, sales chief Nikesh Arora predicted during a Morgan Stanley conference talk (transcript) that Google's mobile monetization will surpass its PC monetization over the long haul. "The reason I believe that is that you have so much more information and so many more signals when it comes to mobility."
Thus far, the mobile shift has fueled an acceleration in Google's paid click growth, but has also pressured its ad prices.
Arora adds that mobile queries for products/services tend to be more precise than PC queries - "Mobile devices lend themselves less to exploration and more towards intent" - and asserts users are becoming comfortable "having a set of payment credentials associated with their device that allows them to buy across their device."