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Gates Sees Diminished Role for Keyboards

PITTSBURGH (AP)
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People will increasingly interact with computers using speech or touch screens rather than keyboards, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said.

"It's one of the big bets we're making," he said during the final stop of a farewell tour before he withdraws from the company's daily operations in July.

In five years, Microsoft expects more Internet searches to be done through speech than through typing on a keyboard, Gates told about 1,200 students and faculty members Thursday at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gates also said the software that is proliferating in various branches of science, including biology and astronomy must become even more advanced.

"They're dealing with so much information that ... the need for machine learning to figure out what's going on with that data is absolutely essential," he said.

Microsoft is trying to establish ties not only with university computer science departments but also with reseachers in other scientific areas "to help us understand where new inventions are necessary," Gates said.

Gates plans to retire as Microsoft's chief software architect in July and focus on philanthropy.
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100(+) WPM > Current Speech recognition tech
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"Computer, dump the warp-core" anyone?
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"Computer, dump the warp-core" anyone?
ROFL

I just don't see this happening in five years, though I'm probably wrong. I'm usually wrong.
    
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….and in 10 years, we will move beyond speech recog to be replaced by direct I/O to the brain. Now the question is what format will that be in? Super Component?HDMI 9.0? DVI 64?

I would prefer HDMI as it only requires 1 brain plug….Composite would suck since = 5 holes into your brain.

I’m kidding of course but did anyone every see the movie Brainstorm with Christopher Walken (need more Cow Bell)? At least the roller coaster and chick doing that guy part were cool scenes!

Scary to think were the future may take us….
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"Computer, dump the warp-core" anyone?
In reality it will go something more along the lines of this...


(adolescent) User - Computer, activate auto-purge sequence OMGHAXXORBBQ.
(sexy female voice) Computer - Folder prawnpron has been deleted, Master.
(adolsecent) User - Thank god, erm eh, ok mom you can use the computer...
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Id rather not have my household hear my searches..............umm porn?

Also, I can type just as fast as I speak... as sad as that is.


Me: "Go to google" "Search for Porn"
Roomate: "WHAT!!!!!!!?"
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I'd prefer the keyboard thank you very much. You have done enough innovating with your original software.
    
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100(+) WPM > Current Speech recognition tech
Keyword here is "current". Speech recognition is actually quite good today, though you have to speak slowly and clearly and sometimes it's frustrating.

Think of it this way: they have the base (the game), and now they need to optimize it. 5 years is a very long time for that.

Even still, I'll probably like the keyboard better for the same reason I don't like touchscreens: the feel!
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Keyword here is "current". Speech recognition is actually quite good today, though you have to speak slowly and clearly and sometimes it's frustrating.

Think of it this way: they have the base (the game), and now they need to optimize it. 5 years is a very long time for that.

Even still, I'll probably like the keyboard better for the same reason I don't like touchscreens: the feel!
That's why I made the distinction... 5 yrs may sound reasonable but speech recognition has been around a very long time and it's still lacking considerably in terms of usability(IMHO). Only time will tell, but I doubt 5yrs is realistic. Perhaps 7-10yrs we may see mass adoption.

A relevant question might be, who does this benefit more though? I foresee a stupidified user base...
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