Tablet PCs will replace textbooks and other predictions from Bill Gates

Microsoft chairman predicts natural interfaces that will deploy speech and camera recognition and reshape computing. Print will be past tense.Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today outlined a future of computing akin to a Whole Earth Catalog for technology. The computing systems of the future will be more natural, responsive and capable of easily recognizing objects and people. They will also be completely customizable, he said.Television, for instance, will be based on the Internet and it “will be an utterly different thing,” that’s customizable and interactive, Gates said during a talk before the Northern Virginia Technology Council, an industry group gathered at a hotel located just steps from the White House.Gates appeared Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology to talk about policy issues, including education, basic research funding as well as to argue for the need for better access to foreign workers through the H-1B visa and other programs. But today he was back to more familiar themes.
computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9068406Gates: Next Decade to Bring Huge Software Advances [IDG]
The coming decade will bring even more advances in software and computing than the last 10 years, bringing new ways to watch television, to use telephones and to input information into computers, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates predicted Thursday.Changes in software and computing over the next 10 years will be “very substantial” and will permeate all facets of life, Gates told a crowd of about 1,100 people during a Northern Virginia Technology Council breakfast in Washington, D.C. Computers and software have changed how people take photographs and purchase music, but other industries will be affected just as much in coming years, he said.
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