Google's Eric Schmidt to meet Kim Jong-Un?

The search giant's executive chairman is to be part of a delegation flying to North Korea. Might he get to meet the supreme Kim Jong-Un? What would they talk about?

The man himself. CNN Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Wouldn't you like to be a wall on the flight?

Can you imagine what Google's Eric Schmidt will be muttering to other members of a U.S. delegation that is reportedly going to Pyongyang, North Korea for a little diplomatic pying-pyong?

According to the Associated Press, this trip might even happen in the next few weeks, with former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson also in the party.

Naturally, details of this alleged trip are being kept very close to official chests. But one can surely hope for nothing more than a meeting between Schmidt and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Both have progressiveness writ large across their eyebrows.

Schmidt wants the whole world to have open Internet access (so that Google can make more money openly). The Supreme Leader, on the other hand, reportedly admitted during his New Year's speech that it would be nice if his people had a little more to eat.

Moreover, he has declared that his country is in the midst of an "industrial revolution."

A recent example of this was when he was shown smoking a celebratory cigarette, as his fine scientists launched a rocket (which might actually have been a ballistic missile), whose destination was ultimately unknown.

Despite such sophistication, North Korea doesn't appear to have anything resembling an open Internet.

There is reportedly an intranet to which certain citizens have access. But woe betide most should they attempt to venture out onto the world's ensnaring Web.

The Supreme Leader has recently made subtle overtures to South Korea, home of such things as freedom and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

He spoke of "unification," though the South Korean media wasn't entirely convinced of his beatific intent.

One can only hope that Schmidt and the Supreme Leader will have a deep and frank exchange of views and that Google's supreme leader will ask Kim Jong-Un about his Lyle-Lovett-went-to-jail haircut.

 

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