laura & your vision

Microsoft Mapping Course to a Jetsons-Style Future lists some not really that futuristic sounding things that are on the very near horizon. I was interested in the bit about Laura, the virtual personal assistant because she sounds similar to Apple’s 1987 (!) Knowledge Navigator.

The article isn’t clear if there’s an actual working prototype of Laura, but if there was it probably would have been mentioned. So does this mean that Microsoft is spending time envisioning what Apple was thinking about in 1987? It is really neat to see how Apple realized part of this vision. A video camera and iChat are built into all of Apple’s laptops and iMacs.

So, what’s the 20 year vision for your organization and what are you doing today to get there?

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