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Microsoft did a pretty good job predicting our technological future back in 1999, at least according to Max Nisen at Quartz.
According to Nisen, Microsoft may be “playing catch-up” on some of the more recent trends in the tech industry, such as the increasing importance of mobile devices, but for much of the company’s history, he argues, Microsoft was “pretty universally acknowledged as a global leader in technology.”
Case in point: In 1999 Microsoft released a video explaining what they expected to be the home of the future, or “smart home,” and Nisen thinks the video proves the influential developers at the company via the 1990s were spot-on in some of their predictions.
Nisen connects concepts presented in the video to everything from Siri’s voice activated responses to “biometric interfaces” such as newly developed fingerprint-based door locks.
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