Gates Charts Computing Future at MIT
Speaking to MIT students, Microsoft's chairman touched on a range of topics, from blocking spam to future innovations including a Portable Media Center and improvements in screen technologies.CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates lectured computer science students Thursday about using computing technology to combat scourges of the present and create new opportunities in the future, while painting a vision of a more interconnected, integrated technology world. Gates, speaking to Massachusetts Institute of Technology students at MITs Kresge Auditorium here, predicted that Moores Lawthat processing power doubles every 18 monthswill continue to hold true for the next "10 to 15 years," promising more technology innovation in its wake. Meanwhile, he noted, improvements in storage technology are progressing even faster than improvements in microprocessor technology.
One of the new technologies this will yield is a Microsoft product called the Portable Media Center, which will boast 40GB of storage space for movies, video files and photos, all in a handheld device.