Anglican Samizdat

July 10, 2009

What will computers look like in 10 years?

Filed under: Technology — David Jenkins @ 3:55 pm

Steve Ballmer of Microsoft predicts what computers will be like in 10 years.

In the next 10 years, computers as flexible as a sheet of paper will replace notepads and newspapers, while others will be able to intuit what you’re trying to find online, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Friday to a group of Charlotte technology workers.

He said a big part of the future of computing is in determining users’ intent. For example, he said it’s simple to ask his assistant to get him ready to visit Charlotte. But on a computer, it involves opening up his calendar, visiting several Web sites, printing out tickets, and so on. The two will become more similar, Ballmer said.

When you type the word “Chicago” into a search engine, it will be able to determine whether you meant the city, the band or the musical based on your Internet history.

Another part of the future is the development of a more natural interface. Users will be able to speak to, touch and gesture at their computers even more.

It seems to me that users already make enough gestures at their computers; perhaps computers will actually behave more like this in 10 years:



  1. does not make sencse if i were you start checking your facts

    Comment by lilly — January 18, 2010 @ 11:38 am

  2. And if I were you, I would start using Firefox and turn on the spelling checker.

    Comment by David — January 18, 2010 @ 11:43 am

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