There never is a shortage of grim predictions in the technology world, it seems. You can hear the opinions of doomsayers and naysayers at regular intervals, particularly when it comes to the future of companies.
Karsten Gerloff, the president of the Free Software Foundation Europe is of the view that unless the technology titans reinvent themselves, most are going to disappear in the near future.
The list includes companies like Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
In a press release, Gerloff says that customers are products for social networks and companies like Google. He criticized these corporations for stealing user information, saying:
“We give them more than data, we give them our confidence because we think that will protect our privacy. Facebook defines who we are. Amazon provides what we want and Google determines what we think.”
The president of FSFE lambasted the companies that are involved in the recent NSA scandal, claiming that they have risen above control structure. However, he believes that the future of these companies is anything but bright — unless they change certain things:
“If Google wants to survive on the long term, it will have to reinvent itself. Microsoft has not done so, so I think it will go away in five or ten years.”
He also estimates that Facebook will also go downhill fast, and the world’s largest social network will disappear in the next three years, similar to what happened to MySpace.
Severe as they seem, these obviously are the views of an organization that aims to promote freedom in the information society. Ultimately, it will be the end users and the companies themselves that will have the final say in how they survive (and thrive) in upcoming future.
What do you guys think? Do these large technology companies have an optimistic future if they keep going on the track they are currently on, or are changes vital for survival? Do comment.