Ep. 9: Shock Treatment, with Google's Eric Schmidt


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Ep. 9: Shock Treatment, with Google's Eric Schmidt

Michael Milken
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute

Episode 9 : Shock Treatment, with Google's Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Former CEO
Alphabet, Inc.

“We're going to need … some kind of shock treatment for seven, eight, nine days where we shut down everything to stop the spread…. And when I say shut down, I mean shut down.”

That’s Eric Schmidt’s bold plan to put a stop to the pandemic so we can start to return the nation to some semblance of normalcy. Schmidt, who led Google from a startup to one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, now chairs the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, part of the US Department of Defense.

Post-crisis, Schmidt sees opportunities for positive change. One example: with millions of students ushered into remote learning, Schmidt suggests we “see if we can actually get remote learning better than traditional learning.”

And he offers a simple but powerful reminder of his industry’s role in our lives: “Think about how bad this pandemic would be if you didn't have the internet.”

Published April 9, 2020