If Bill Gates died tomorrow, not wishing to tempt fate, his passing would be on the front of just about every newspaper in every country around the world. However, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died and there is hardly a mention of him. Bill Gates was the software side of the partnership while Paul was the hardware side. He is probably the man most responsible for Microsoft reaching its goal of a computer in every home. He was also the man happy to sit in the background while Bill Gates basked in the limelight. He died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma yesterday at the age of 65.
Jammy Toast friend (lend us a few quid, Bill) and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has regained the top spot as the world’s richest man, according to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires. Mr Gates’ total net worth was estimated at £45.5bn. His rise in wealth knocked Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim off the top spot into second place. In total, there were a record 1,645 billionaires, according to Forbes. Bill has been top of the list for 15 of the last 20 years, according to Forbes.
In a shocking move, Bill Gates has returned to Microsoft to work on a mysterious, new project. He announced he’s returning to Microsoft to work on a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) project, dubbed Personal Agent, which sounds an awful lot like the next version of Cortana. Bill said Personal Agent “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,” he added.
The founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has warned that humans should be worried about the threat posed by Artificial Intelligence (AI). He has said that he cannot understand people who were not worried by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control. Mr Gates contradicted one of Microsoft Research’s chiefs, Eric Horvitz, who has said he “fundamentally” did not see AI as a threat. Mr Horvitz has said about a quarter of his team’s resources are focused on AI.
Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. I thought for the next few months I would tell you all who my heroes are in the technology field and also the reason why. I have followed all aspects of computing for a very long time and so some of the people I admire are from bygone decades but they all have one thing in common – they made computing more popular for the masses. Don’t forget, not so long ago computers were only available to people who had vast amounts of money and space to keep them in whereas today you can carry them around in your pocket and use them for a whole multitude of things.
Microsoft have announced today that our favourite CEO is to retire during the next 12 months, once a replacement can be found. Steve Ballmer is the larger than life chief executive who walks into a room and entertains everyone in it – Ricky Gervais has got nothing on Steve. He is currently overseeing the transformation of Microsoft into a devices and services company but feels that someone younger who has more time to dedicate to the company would be a better prospect. He said in a statement; “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”
Last November, Keely Wilson, an English teacher at a south-London secondary school applied to the Speakers for Schools project for someone to come and talk to her school. In her application she wrote that she wanted someone interesting to visit who could hold the attention of the pupils at her school – someone not too boring. Yesterday, pupils at Deptford Green School gathered in their school hall were told to “face the front and look interested” as in walked… BILL GATES!