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"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
--Alan Kay

Our Computerized Life by Paul Rivera

I believe that the future of computers is wide open.  It seems that not a day goes by that new, life-enhancing products arrive on the market.  It is very apparent that every one of these products is increasingly dependant on computer technology to operate.

I have seen technology advance from the days of giant mainframe computers to today.   I am amazed at how fast this revolution has taken place.  In 1991, I purchased a computer with an 80-megabyte hard drive.  At the time, I thought I was on top of the world!  Today, I have four desktops PCs and three laptop computers in my home.  Not to mention the countless number of gadgets that are in and of themselves computers.

It would not surprise me if in the future we utilize computer technology to complete nearly every one of our daily tasks. I remember as a child watching cartoons and television shows portray the future with computerized gadgets that seemed so far away.  For example, they showed robotic machines building every thing imaginable from cars to homes.  Today, if we look at any auto assembly plant, there are robots stationed down the line, welding, painting, and doing everything imaginable in the assembly of a vehicle. 

There truly is no part of our everyday life that is not affected by computers.  I think it is safe to say that this will not change.  I am excited to look at the horizon and wonder what lies just ahead for us.  I cannot imagine what the next big break in computer technology will be, but I bet it will happen soon.  My seven-year-old granddaughter and I were playing a game recently where I asked her to name the U.S. Presidents and their presidential number.  I was amazed at how many she had memorized.  However, when she was unsure, she spent very little time turning on a computer and finding all the information she needed.

Going nano by Joey

Going nano, diminishing of silicon IC chip and Moore's Law.  Quantum computing?  Bio computing?  DNA computing?

[Editor's note:]  The Startup Gallery is primarily about how MicroSoft got it's start in Albuquerque, and not about how computing is going to go in the future; or even since then.  It has other items from the MS Founder's collection, like a Univac, just to show how they got interested in the computing industry themselves, and appreciated it's 'roots'.  It is not intended to make any statements about the future, and in fact, stops basically before the Macintosh hits the scene.  (Not because it was a competitor, but mostly since MicroSoft had moved to Washington State by that time.)  The "Rise of the Machines" multimedia presentation includes the first Apple computers, as part of the homegrown computer movement, which fostered Bill Gates and Paul Allen.