Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Microsoft/Windows
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
When Bill Gates Speaks, the Industry Listens
When Bill Gates Speaks, the Industry Listens

By Jennifer LeClaire
July 17, 2013 9:27AM

    Bookmark and Share
"I think wearable technology is a very cool thing, but I don't couple it too much to education. I think the way you'll be able to review what you've learned, have the system understand the state of your knowledge, that's a very good thing, but I'm not sure how I connect that to wearable," said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
 



Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates made an appearance at a Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on Monday and the tech world is still ablaze over what he shared, from his thoughts on wearable computers to the return of Microsoft Bob.

That's right, Microsoft Bob, which Gates introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1995, is finding new life as virtual assistants reemerge. In case you don't remember, Microsoft Bob was a software product that offered a non-technical interface to desktop computing operations. It largely failed at the time.

"We were just ahead of our time, like most of our mistakes," Gates said. He went on to say that the next-gen Bob would be better at planning tasks, such as organizing trips or finding gifts. And Bob won't don the persona of a dog in its new life. Instead, it will be a voice in the cloud that understands your commands.

Thoughts on Wearable Tech, Social Media

With wearable technologies, most notably Google Glass and smart watches, generating plenty of buzz in the industry, Gates also addressed this emerging trend. From his perspective, he's not seeing clear benefits, at least not in the education space.

"I think wearable technology is a very cool thing, but I don't couple it too much to education," he said. "I think the way you'll be able to review what you've learned, have the system understand the state of your knowledge, that's a very good thing, but I'm not sure how I connect that to wearable."

And in terms of social media, Gates has positive feelings about this communication vehicle.

"People can make fun of it [social media] because a lot of it is used for 'what my cat had for breakfast'-type things, but I think of it in a more broader context, which is the enrichment of communications for people who have common interests. Social media will be profound in terms of people getting advice about their life and learning different things, [but] it's not at that level yet."

A Philanthropic Gates

We caught up with Roger Kay, senior analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates, to get his reaction to Gates' appearance at the summit. He told us it was intriguing and almost enheartening. But Kay was most interested in Gates philanthropic efforts.

"I say almost enheartening because as much as Gates is basically an optimist, I remain pretty much a pessimist," Kay said. "But I can be a hopeful pessimist, even as he can be a guarded optimist."

Kay noted that Gates' speech was neat and to the point. The Microsoft chairman gave a brief synopsis of four areas where he thinks his foundation can contribute, highlighting where it is focusing its energy and investment: education in the United States and health care, agriculture and finance around the world.

"He has reason to be proud of, if not fully satisfied with, his efforts to date. The year he was born, 1955, 20 million children around the world died from preventable diseases," Kay said. "When the Gates Foundation got started, in 1994, that number had been reduced to 12 million, mostly via vaccines. Today, that figure stands at 7 million. Ever the pragmatist, Gates says he expects to get it down to 3 million in the next 15 years."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Microsoft/Windows
1.   China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
2.   Win Phone 8.1 Update Already on Way
3.   Yammer Moved to Office 365
4.   Can One Size Windows OS Fit All?
5.   Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead


advertisement
China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
Official anti-monopoly probe launched.
Average Rating:
Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
With unified Windows for all platforms.
Average Rating:
Design Central to Microsoft Future
New ethos a break from functional past.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk
Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw drops malware into smartphone apps. It can steal credit card data and even take over your device.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.