Thursday, October 13, 2005

What leaders are saying

Bill Gates had been to M.I.T recently to interact with students and encourage them to pursue computer science as a career.

Mr. Gates said electronic commerce had not yet even begun, and that huge gains in communication, convenience and productivity are on the near horizon. He acknowledged that there were challenges to be overcome in areas like privacy and computer security, skipping lightly over the fact that security flaws have bedeviled many Microsoft products. But even the headaches, he said, are merely intriguing problems for smart computer people to conquer, and profit from.

Jeff Bezos likes to say when exhorting his staff to innovate, "It's still day one." We're in the stone age of computing.