Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has stayed out of the tech spotlight in recent years, opting to focus on his philanthropic efforts. But in a recent bit of inspired transparency, the technology mogul decided to open himself up to Reddit's Ask Me Anything series, and his answers were revealing.
Asked what area he thought the next big technological shift would come from, Gates said, "Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at 'computers.' Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways…"
As for what kind of computer he's using now, predictably, Gates said, "I just got my Surface Pro a week ago and it is very nice. I am using a Perceptive Pixel display right now - huge Windows 8 touch whiteboard. These will come down in price over time and be pervasive..." Interestingly, Gates also admitted to having used every Mac computer Apple has produced.
One fan took Gates down a "what if" path and asked what he though he might have done with his life if Microsoft had not been successful. Gates said, "If the microprocessor had NOT come along I am not sure what I would have done. Maybe medicine or theoretical math but it is hard to say."
Finally, when asked about his relationship with long-time nemesis, the late Steve Jobs, Gates said, "He and I respected each other. Our biggest joint project was the Mac where Microsoft had more people on the project than Apple did as we wrote a lot of applications. I saw Steve regularly over the years including spending an afternoon with him a few months before he tragically passed away..."