CANCELLED: Microsoft tech's talk on 'Tomorrow’s Technologies’

CANCELLED: Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, will come to Yale on Thursday, Nov. 1, to talk about how computer technology will continue to shape the future and to demonstrate transformational technologies in development at Microsoft.
Craig Mundie

NOTE: Due to storm Sandy, this talk has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a date to be announced.

Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, will come to Yale on Thursday, Nov. 1, to talk about how computer technology will continue to shape the future and to demonstrate transformational technologies in development at Microsoft.

The free public talk, titled “How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World,” takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St. Mundie is the University’s 2012 Gordon Grand Fellow.

At Microsoft, Mundie oversees one of the largest computer-science research organizations in the world. He has spent much of his career building startups in various fields, including supercomputing, consumer electronics, healthcare, education, and robotics, and he continues to take an active role in incubating new businesses.

In describing the transformation promised by future technology, Mundie says: “Technology will conform to how we think, move, and communicate, rather than us conforming to its limitations. Distance will no longer be a factor in how we work or play together. While the world has already been transformed by computing, it will drive even more radical change in the years ahead.”

Mundie will explore ways computing extends human capabilities and erodes boundaries between “virtual” and “real.” Microsoft’s new Illumishare research project, for instance, allows users not just to communicate with each other remotely, but to work, play, and create together while physically separated. Audience members will have an opportunity to interact with the technologies demonstrated by Mundie following his talk.

Mundie previously served as Microsoft’s chief technical officer for advanced strategies and policy, working with chair Bill Gates to develop the company’s global strategies. For more than a decade he has been Microsoft’s principal technology policy liaison to U.S. and foreign governments, and he is deeply engaged in issues of privacy, security, and cyber-security.

The Gordon Grand Fellowship was established in 1973 to promote dialogue between business leaders and Yale students. It honors Gordon Grand, a member of Yale College class of 1938, who was president and CEO of the Olin Corporation. Recent Gordon Grand Fellows include Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, and T. Boone Pickens, founder and chair of BP Capital.

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