Solving the Toughest Problems in Computer Science

Posted on January 12, 2009  Comments (1)

Software Breakthroughs: Solving the Toughest Problems in Computer Science, 2004:

Bill Gates’ talk at MIT provided an optimistic view of the next generation of computer science, now that the “rough draft” is done. Gates finds a paradox today in that computer science is poised to transform work and home life, “but people’s excitement level is not as high as it was five years ago during the Internet bubble.” Because most sectors of the computer industry—from microchips to storage, displays to wireless connectivity— continuously improve in performance, Gates predicts a flood of new products and applications. He sported a wristwatch that receives data wirelessly, as well as keeps its user on schedule. Gates describes “rich, new peripherals” such as ultra-wideband digital cameras and he demonstrates software that allows pictures to be archived using a 3D visual interface with a built-in time, date, and keyword database. He says that computer science is merging with and making over such fields as astronomy and biology, by unifying vast, unwieldy data collections into easily navigable libraries. And Gates appears confident that technological breakthroughs will ultimately resolve urgent problems of computer and network security.

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One Response to “Solving the Toughest Problems in Computer Science”

  1. Aroop
    January 25th, 2009 @ 4:39 am

    surely there is a lot to come as far computer science and Internet are concerned. The other day I was looking at the video of a conceived software..Microsoft surface..still a long way but to think of that all these are not totally impossible.. there is a lot of scope of innovation

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