CES 2009: The Future of Computing

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Today Steve Ballmer talked about the ways tomorrow’s technology will be able to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Ballmer put the spotlight on a future oriented demonstration illustrating how students might interact with the entire world’s knowledge on any field of study. The education scenario demonstration showed how the combination of technologies like touch, gesture and speech will make computing more natural and intuitive. Janet Galore from Microsoft Strategic Prototyping gives us an indepth look at tomorrow's computing.


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    John Ellis

    I always love the final product at MS's CES keynotes- every year I am left thinking "I need it now!" but in this case I really do being a med student. Feasibly how far away are we from such a device?

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    years...but I thought it was interesting that Janet suggested that this type of "surface" may replace the big table Surface we have all come to know.

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    I really liked the cool anatomy application - I could just imagine how a bunch of anxious Anatomy students would want something so easy to understand from, than a simple picture.

    I think Microsoft should reintroduce Encarta as a more major education platform, rather than just some measly encyclopedia. Tons of high quality information, awesome applications where you really can get hands-on, video content, quizzes, eBooks, etc. all in one place. It's the future of a world where digital education could teach us more effieciently, better, and a way we can enjoy it.

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    John Ellis

    Indeed, I can tell you that anatomy teaching has changed for the worst over recent years. Doctors used to be able to dissect corpses to understand anatomy and since then we've taken a step back (that's the common consensus anyway), now we're in an age where we should be able to do something better with such things.

    I doubt the Encarta team will ever be made to do such a thing, even though I completely agree that it would be a fantastic idea.

    In the mean time I think the next steps are podcasts for education, not something new but something that's worth more interest.

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