Computers: The Unexpectable Future
|Rashid '77 (PhD)|
When it comes to computers, "The future is not what it used to be."
That ironic "prediction" sums up an industry in which developments leapfrog one another exponentially and, well, "unpredictably," according to Richard Rashid '77 (PhD), senior vice president for advanced technology and research at Microsoft Corporation, who was helping to celebrate the Department of Computer Science's 25th anniversary.
In an hour-long presentation, Rashid and Henry Fuchs, professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recounted some of the unexpected ways computers have developed during the past 35 years and what the future may-or may not-hold.
Rashid said broad outlines are clear:
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