Microsofts Vision of Tomorrow Sparks Wonder, Fear
Opinion: A visit to Microsoft's Center for Information Work shows David Coursey that the company's vision of the future forgets one key element: people.I have seen Microsofts vision of tomorrow, and it both frightens and amazes me. Not long ago, I was in Redmond and had occasion to visit Microsofts Center for Information Work, a demonstration facility thats part of the companys executive briefing center. CIW is not open to the publicits for invited guests onlythough Ive encouraged Microsoft to turn it into a traveling exhibit, or a video, or to find some other way to share its vision with the masses. The results are exciting, though a bit frightening in their implications. Microsoft acts as though the privacy and security issues surrounding parts of its vision will somehow just disappear before impeding technological progress. Hot news: It isnt going to happen, and Microsoft would be wise to amend its vision accordingly.
CIW demonstrates a collection of forward-looking technologymostly from Microsoft Research, but also from a number of (mostly hardware) partners. Most of what I saw there was just for shownothing at CIW was a "real" product, though some certainly have the potential to be.