Schmidt boldly goes into Sci-fi -

In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and was widely seen as a bad move.

Now Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt is telling the world that, life the universe, and everything is unfolding exactly like Douglas Adams' Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

We even have paranoid androids with a pain in the diaodes down their left side, which is probably due to a poor app store alignment.

Schmidt is a bit of a Douglas Adams fan, and he told CeBIT that the universe was slowly shifting towards the sort of technology described by Adams.

He said that there was translating, without sticking a fish in your ear, voice recognition, and electronic books. He said that people who predicted that intelligent robots, virtual reality or self-driving cars will soon be commonplace were right.

Schmidt said that governments will be able to spot the economic makings of a crisis before they happen and doctors will be able to accurately predict the outbreak of disease before anyone feels it.

Already among Cebit we have seen a robot that can make your lunch and a car that can change its length to slot into tricky parking spaces.

We are yet to see a computer which can confirm the existence of rice pudding, or work out your personality to ten decimal places. Still, the other day we noticed that Kinder chocolate eggs were being sold with the motto "share and enjoy" so Schmidt is probably right.  Reality is mirroring Douglas Adams.