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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates sees rapid changes on horizon

In a recent speech Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates speculated that some of the most important technological advances of the next decade will come in the ways people interact with computers: speech-recognition technology, tablets that will recognize handwriting and touch-screen surfaces that will integrate a wide variety of information.

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mighty_douche3319d ago (Edited 3319d ago )

...he's buying an Apple :P

disagree?? Even Bill Gates gets hungry!

LJWooly3319d ago

"In a recent speech Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates speculated that some of the most important technological advances of the next decade will come in the ways people interact with computers: speech-recognition technology, tablets that will recognize handwriting and touch-screen surfaces that will integrate a wide variety of information."

This is like, less news-worthy than the "HD-DVD is dead!" stories.

Alcaponeyou3319d ago

he's gonna be wrong with this.
he doesn't have a good crystal ball.

RealityCheck3319d ago (Edited 3319d ago )

I agree.
- Speech recognition: has been around for a long time. It has improved but it is still too unreliable for many applications. If somebody pushes the wrong button, they get a little upset but they know it's their fault. When somebody says a command and the computer either does not understand or does the wrong function, it can be quite agravating and the user blames the computer.
- Handwriting recognition: has been around for even longer. It too has improved but besides the same reliability of recognition concerns, people nowadays barely handwrite anymore, how could that be the future?
- Touch-screen: hello? been using touch-screens for years now, Palm, DS, iPhone\iTouch. It's not the future, it's the present. There will be more touch screen applications coming up but it won't replace the keyboard and mouse for heavy business application, maybe for simple media-centric home computers it could work (just get the screen cleaning wipes ready).

miked8083319d ago

Because Reality Check knows a lot more about Technology and the future of it then the founder of Microsoft.

RealityCheck3319d ago (Edited 3319d ago )

@4.2 No hate here. Just calling it like I see it.

I'm not against voice recognition, from experience I just don't think it will become universally viable for general purpose applications unless the solution changes. The current solution of just relying on faster numerical processing units and trying to apply tricks to it just won't cut it. The approach has failed for so long because the foundation is incorrect. Any useful recognition approach will need to rely on a different kind of processor, an AI based one in my opinion. Microsoft being a software company just uses and will continue to use these fast numerical processor coming on the market; hence they will not be the ones to bring voice recognition to the masses for general use.

Handwriting recognition, I'm sorry it's just silly. It's faster to type, period. It's only good for recording signatures on deliveries.

Touch screens; I like the technology and use it everyday now. My point here was not against the technology just that it's not a future application when it's already here. Most store and restaurant registers have been using touch screens for years, the Palm had it and now the iPhone even has multi-touch in an handheld device, not a full table thingy. If you want to talk about real future application, then a touch-free system with hand movement recognition would be more appropriate. Of course, you get into image recognition now and that goes back to my argument about how numerical processor are not designed for such tasks.

RealityCheck3319d ago (Edited 3319d ago )

@4.3 by the way he may be an efficient businessman, but when it comes to predictions he has a mixed record to say the least. In any case, this is a discussion forum and I just present an opinion on the original post, nothing more nothing less.

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