When you go to a press talk at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, you expect there to be some smart remarks about what people may or may not know. Be warned, if you try to do this to Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau he will show you just how much he knows.
The clip starts with the reporter asking that he “was going to ask you [Trudeo] to explain quantum computing” before going to ask a question regarding Canadas ISIL mission. Trudeau wasn’t going to let this slide though and began by fully explaining how quantum computing works. He explains everything from how regular computers currently work and how quantum computing could allow us to “encode more information into a much smaller computer”.
Throughout the entire response, Trudeau is backed by cheers and laughter from the crowd, with many probably as surprised as the reporter that asked the question in the first place that he was able to accurately responds with a range of details regarding not only quantum theory but also how it would help computers.
Mr. Gates, can we please have another Age of Empires? Not sure if this is your department, but I figured I’d ask since you were here…
A simple question for a man who doesn’t really have that big a part in the everyday running of Microsoft. To people’s surprise, the question was answered by the man himself:
I will look into this. How many empires do you need?
While people on the internet are going crazy over the prospect that this could potentially mean a new Age of Empires game, possibly even taking the game back to its hay day of Age of Empires 2 (a series so good people are still playing it and using it as a baseline for strategy games), they may need to hold off on the enthusiasm.
When ThatNintendoFan commented saying about making it the top question on Reddit, Bill Gates reply was clear:
I think you did – sorry I can’t deliver an Empire (or an Age) easily.
So there you have it, we might have had another Age of Empires but Bill Gates decided to troll with our feelings. Now if you don’t mind me I feel like I need to start up the game and take my anger out on several AI opponents.
Microsoft is a large company which almost everyone who has a computer has heard of. They do everything from Office to Windows 8, yet few have heard of the Garage. No this is not where Microsoft make super stylish cars, but it is where they tinker with ideas.
The garage is noted as Microsoft’s “24-hour idea factory”, and rightly so as some of their ideas have been made into full-blown programs and been released to the public. Mouse without Borders, a program which lets you control up to four computers with a single mouse and keyboard started as a garage project, the same can be said for Bus alarm a program designed to wake people when they are near their bus stop. Even Microsoft use programs like CodeFlow, a program designed to review their code and was originally created in the garage.
Their next app for general use is called Tossup and hopes to help you and your friends make those hard decisions by general opinion. Tossup is designed to let you create a question and then poll your friends, getting their opinions and responses in an easy to manage set-up. This means you can quickly ask a question to all your friends about where to go for food, what movie to go see or even where to meet up. With Tossup you can easily get people’s responses without having to chat, text, email or remember everyone’s responses. It should be noted that at the time of writing the App is only available on Android and iOS, meaning windows phone users are missing out on this app.
As someone with a terrible memory (what am I doing here again?) and who is often charged with organizing things, a little app like this could come in handy. Do you often organize things? Do you have an app which does the same thing and is already released?