Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is continuing his round of media appearances this week to promote his 2014 letter on poverty from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Tuesday night, he appeared on NBC's talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the letter but also offered his predictions on what the future holds for technology.
One of the clips, which can be seen on the show's YouTube channel, has Fallon sheepishly removing his Apple MacBook from his desk and out of Gates' view, along with other non-Microsoft based gadgets. Fallon asked Gates what he thought the next big thing was going to be in technology. Gates replied that in the future, PCs will be able "to see, to listen, to talk, to recognize your handwriting" and users will work with multiple screens.
Speaking of handwriting, Gates thought that tablets would be used more for that specific purpose by now. Gates believes more work needs to be done to make writing on the tablet more comfortable, along with better software. He stated, "We've got people hard at work on that and paper tablets will be the next thing to go."
The two men chatted about a number of other topics, and Fallon even brought up Gates' old mugshot from the 1970s when he was arrested for speeding. Finally, Gates said he wanted to help promote his 2014 letter, and its website GatesLetter.com, via a viral video. This is the odd result:
The Andy Warhol-inspired video even has a few shots of Gates wearing Seattle Seahawks apparel. Naturally, Gates is a fan of the NFL football team based in his long time residence that is facing the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on February 2nd; his fellow co-founder at Microsoft, Paul Allen, is the owner of the team.