In the next five to ten years, people will be wearing smartwatches that can detect if you have an illness and call your doctor for you, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet, predicted on Thursday.
Health care has been a big focus for major technology giants from Apple to Samsung in recent times. Smartphones and wearable devices have become increasingly sophisticated and able to detect bodily features such as heartbeat and blood pressure.
Schmidt, whose company is betting on new innovations from driverless cars to artificial intelligence, said that medical technology has the potential to be a huge sector.
"We believe that the application of digital technology in mental health, in heart disease, in many cancers will revolutionize the industry ... there are many start-ups who are working in this area. I personally believe that that will be the largest and next new industry," Schmidt told an audience at the Viva Technology conference in Paris.