Monday, October 31, 2005

Gates Sees A New World

I always love to see what visions Bill Gates has, but in the last few years his visions seem to be cloudy and antiquated.

From Marketing VoxThe New World according to Gates

During a London speech at the Internet Advertising Bureau's Engage conference, Bill Gates predicted the eventual demise of paper at the hands of silicon.

He said that by the time he's 60 we'll all be connected to the internet all the time, carrying paper-thin devices that will allow us to access entertainment, education and information - and they will render newspapers and magazines obsolete.

Microsoft is investing billions in software for TV and mobile devices.

"You'll be able to use the camera to take a picture of a sign in a foreign country and software will send it up to a server and bring it back to your phone fully translated," he is quoted as saying.

Hey Bill, there are a lot more uses for image recognition using a camera phone than sign translation.

Pssst here's a little secret, you have a mobile OS and Google doesn't.

You might want to take advantage of that leverage before Google beats you to the mobile world too

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