Gary Bridge has a simple analogy to justify his work in technology — more people want smartphones than toilets.
Bridge, the senior vice president and global lead for Cisco's Internet business solutions group, spoke Thursday afternoon at Wichita State University as part of the school's spring entrepreneurship forum.
Bridge talked about "the new Internet," which he called the fastest-spreading technology in the history of the world. As a result, more people want smartphones than indoor plumbing, he said, according to surveys.
He said that in seven years, starting in 1995, the Internet reached 50 percent of the American population.
"It took 100 years for the printed newspaper to reach half the American population and now it's going down," Bridge said.
The Internet is the product of the latest industrial revolution, Bridge said, one that's good through at least 2030. This growth, he said, is driven by "content that has escaped the containers."
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