October 31, 2011

Response to Microsoft's Vision of the Future


You look like someone barfed spaghetti on you. LOL

And I watched that MS video you posted. Absolutely ridiculous futurism fantasy. The only thing I found reasonably probable was the flat white display the guy was using at his desk. But this transparent little credit card sized phone that can generate holograms and apparently has no battery? Come on, even Star Trek never went this far into the absurd. Earth: Final Conflict did with their rollup phones, but those at least are potentially on the horizon. J I also like how the voice recognition doesn't misunderstand a thing. We both know real-world voice recognition leaves much to be desired. And of course, OS stability and self-healing is still not quite where it needs to be either.

But what REALLY made me laugh was the refrigerator that tracks how much of what you have and orders it for you. That little slice of pie in the sky has been the funniest bit of vaporware floating about the internet since some fool stuck a TV screen into a fridge door. LOL I mean seriously, are we that lazy we need the fridge to make out our grocery list? And will it talk to the cabinet doors and medicine chest so they can take stock of how much Clorox, floor wax, and Advil we've got on hand?

And of course there's no mention of security or privacy because in the idyllic world, no one can hack your phone, tabletop, or refrigerator. And that info about where you're going won't be left anywhere after you exit the cab. ;-) Trust us!

But hey, I'm still waiting for the 42" concave wrap-around monitor MS Research promised would be on the market in 2003. J Guess that was a non-starter too. Oh well, where would Silicon Valley be without grand dreamers like these guys casting wide nets into the "what if"? I guess I shouldn't scoff too much, they finally came out with a phone OS that works. Sadly it took Google to do it. :D

jsherry