Bill Gates about HoloLens and the future of technology

On January 28, 2015 Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates himself gave an estimate about HoloLens during an Ask Me Anything Chat on Reddit.

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The Hololens is pretty amazing. Microsoft has put a lot into the chips and the software. It is the start of virtual reality. Making the device so you don’t get dizzy or nauseous is really hard — the speed of the alignment has to be super super fast. It will take a few years of software applications being built to realize the full promise of this.”

via Hi Reddit, I’m Bill Gates and I’m back for my third AMA. Ask me anything. : IAmA.

That comment leaves us full of hope about the development potential, but also makes clear that many challenges have to be faced before HoloLens is fully operational.

Besides this, Reddit user Future-Turtle asked Bill Gates about Microsoft and the future of technology.

“Hello Mr. Gates,

2015 will mark the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Windows. What do you think the next 30 years holds in terms of tec[h]nology? What will personal computing will look like in 2045?”

Even this question was answered by Bill Gates optimistically as he predicts that

“There will be more progress in the next 30 years than ever. Even in the next 10 problems like vision and speech understanding and translation will be very good. Mechanical robot tasks like picking fruit or moving a hospital patient will be solved. Once computers/robots get to a level of capability where seeing and moving is easy for them then they will be used very extensively.

One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to. The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model – the agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices.”

Got interested? For further impressions about Bill Gate’s future vision read Bill Gate’s Annual Letter 2015 or visit his blog here.


Future visions


Microsoft’s futuristic product presentation shared another Hands-On review of HoloLens including profound thoughts about the future of gaming and AR.

arstechnia’s Peter Bright describes his HoloLens vision as following:

“HoloLens certainly felt like part of the future. It excites me. I imagine a world of gaming that interacts with the environment around me. A world where designers and engineers can manipulate virtual 3D objects JARVIS-style, simply by using their hands. A world where I can sit at my desktop PC and have a monitor that’s near infinitely large and totally private.”

via Hands-on: Microsoft’s HoloLens is flat-out magical | Ars Technica.

But in the words of digitaltrends‘ Jeremy Kaplan, we have to admit that:

“There are more questions than answers at present: What does it cost? How do you get models built in Holo Studio onto your computer? Why did we have Developer Kits if the real deal was up and running? What sort of hardware powers this thing anyway?

Microsoft said it would have answers to many of those questions at the developer centric Build conference in March.”

via Microsoft HoloLens: Hands-On Review of VR and AR Fusion | Digital Trends |

Nevertheless we are all curious about the further development that will certainly come along with HoloLens!