Microsoft Research’s top female scientists predict the next 10 years in tech

Computers that can see, vastly improved language translation and the disappearance of the traditional app search box: Those are among the list of predictions in tech for the next decade that Microsoft’s research department has offered up. But if those predictions aren’t entirely surprising, their origin is unique: Microsoft specifically asked its top 17 women researchers how they think technology will change between now and 2027. Microsoft Research made its forecasts to coincide with the Microsoft Computer Science Education Week, but just as important, the company used the occasion to make a point about gender equality. It noted that while females represent around 50 percent of the world’s population, they form only 20 percent of the world’s computer science graduates. One of the reasons most often cited for this shortfall is the lack of…


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