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January 8, 2008, 5:03 pm
Filed under: Minor/Major Production

Gates logs out, predicting new digital era

· Microsoft’s retiring boss announces futuristic deals
· Voice-activated cars and clever tables on the way

He may be preparing to relinquish his role as virtual ruler of the hi-tech world, but Bill Gates’s vision on the future of the industry still carries weight. So when the soon-to-be-former chairman of Microsoft predicted voice-activated (Microsoft) programs in cars, smart phones that buy your movie tickets, and computerised furniture as he opened the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday night it was worth taking notes.

Delivering the keynote address for the technology world’s top trade show for the 11th and final time, Gates said the “first digital decade”, centred on the keyboard and the mouse, was over.

“The second digital decade will be more focused on connecting people,” he said, predicting it would also feature progress in training machines to react as people do, with “natural user interfaces” responsive to speech and touch.

To demonstrate, he once again showed Surface, a touchscreen coffee table that can interact with devices placed on it – including mobile phones and even household objects. He also described a smart phone which could be asked about a film, then find the closest showing and book you tickets. He said that such technologies could become ubiquitous within a few years.

Maybe Bill Gates will one day play my webcam game…..


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