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October 29, 2008


Russell Buckley

Hi Tomi

Nice post.

Lots of things get attributed to Mr Gates erroneously. But I suspect that this is referring to Bill's love affair with speech recognition as an input mechanism on PC's.

He's been predicting that it's going to take over from a mouse and keyboard within 5 years (and sometimes 10 years - sometimes within days of each other!).

Bill Gates, 14 September 2005: “We totally believe speech recognition will go mainstream somewhere over the next decade.”

Bill Gates, 1 October 1997: “In this 10-year time frame, I believe that we’ll not only be using the keyboard and the mouse to interact, but during that time we will have perfected speech recognition and speech output well enough that those will become a standard part of the interface.”

Bill Gates, 6 October 1997: “The PC five years from now — you won’t recognize it, because speech will have come into the interface, the screen will be a flat screen, the performance will be 20 times what it is today.”

If you want more, Matthew Thomas has a bunch more here

Nothing about mobiles though. However, it doesn't seem very logical to believe that we'll be talking to one digital device and interacting with another in a different way.

Obviously, if the man didn't say it, it doesn't mean that your post isn't valid!

Interesting fact though. I've just Googled some of the words in your post and the number one result is.....this post. Shows the power of blogs!

Interesting fact #2. For all his greatness, predicting hasn't necessarily been one of Bill's greatest strengths. Remember how he missed the internet and promoted the Tablet? Although he denies ever saying the famous '640K is more memory than anyone will ever need.'


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