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Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes

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Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie

Even though computing is pervasive and people are increasingly familiar with digital technologies, there are still disruptive changes on the near horizon, Microsoft's Craig Mundie said at Harvard on Tuesday.

Credit: Martin LaMonica / CNet

Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie gave a speech at Harvard University on Tuesday (Nov. 3) to discuss coming "disruptions" in computing and to argue that computer science is fundamental to solving daunting global problems, including energy, environment, health care, and education. Without taking advantage of advances in computing, adjacent fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology will not move as fast as they could, he said. At the same time, he lamented how computer science is seen as "so yesterday."

"It's stunning how much people want to fund the fads and they don't put any emphasis on how core computing is," Mundie said during questions. "I hope we can come together and realize that we have to invest in the future of computing if we want a future in all these other areas."

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