The attendees are primarily from academia, professors and researchers from universities from around the world. While this conference is not of the size and magnitude of //build/ or WWDC, only about 400 attendees, the depth and insight of some of the discussions can be quite interesting. One might equate some of the talks to the TED conference.
After his keynote, Mr. Gates sat down for a question and answer period with those in attendance as well as those that were streaming the Summit online. The questions spanned topics from fundamental education priorities for developing countries to addressing how education can play a role in averting global crises and everything else in between.
One of the questions asked by an online viewer was, “What role do you think wearable technology is going to have in education?” Given how we are seeing smart watches in the works, Glass in the open and other ideas brewing in the background, Mr. Gates’ answer may surprise you.
That issue aside, Mr. Gates referred to today as the “golden era” of information technology. Microsoft Research along with The Gates Foundation has been exploring issues in ways that make science fiction look boring. If you want to see what is happening with the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, live streaming of the conference is available in the source link below.
source: Microsoft Research Faculty Summit