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Texto de origen - inglés Ten years ago Bill Gates filled the 276 pages of The Road Ahead with predictions for Microsoft and for technology. "This is meant to be a serious book, although ten years from now it may not appear that way," Gates wrote. How did he do?
David Whelan Victoria Murphy, 04.25.05
"Your misplaced or stolen camera will send you a message telling exactly where it is, even if it's in a different city."
Try flipping this one around: The things on which you send messages (phones, that is) are also cameras.
"If your son needs money, you might digitally slip five bucks from your wallet PC to his. … As you pass through an airport gate, for example, your wallet PC will connect to the airport's computers and verify that you have paid for a ticket."
Credit cards and Ebay's PayPal service are the closest things to digital money clips.
"You'll watch Gone With the Wind with your own face and voice replacing that of Vivien Leigh or Clark Gable."
Movie karaoke never happened. But you can mute Leigh or Gable and watch the movie with subtitles in Spanish.
"You'll be able to jump into a map so you can navigate down a street or through the rooms of a building."
A trippy version of MapQuest.
Prophecies Turned Reality
"You'll watch a program when it's convenient for you, instead of when a broadcaster chooses to air it."
Didn't take long: TiVo launched this technology in 1997.
"If you want to buy a refrigerator, you will look for the electronic bulletin boards containing formal and informal reviews."
There's little you can't find a review of online, thanks to sites like Amazon.com and Shopping.com.
"A middle-aged executive and her husband might see an advertisement for retirement property at the beginning of an episode of Home Improvement, while the young couple next door might see a family vacation advertisement at the opening of the same show."
Almost there. Several startups like Open and Navic are aiming to sell this technology to broadcasters and advertisers.
Selling music a new way: "You the consumer won't need compact discs, tapes, or any other kinds of physical apparatus. The music will be stored as bits of information on a server on the highway."
So why did he let old rival Apple essentially create this business?