MICROSOFT CEO Satya Nadella spoke at the company's Future Decoded event in London on Tuesday, and said very little about anything.
The Microsoft Future Decoded event at the Excel Centre in London brought together a range of speakers to give their predictions of the future from various aspects.
The event was headlined by a brief interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said that "technology's role in society is to empower people" and that Microsoft is working towards "access to education with opportunities at the end of it".
In a short and rather stilted performance that felt heavily stage-managed, perhaps to avoid any more clangers about women and wages, Nadella also commented that he was excited by the uptake of the cloud in the UK.
He explained that his vision of Microsoft was that "it's not the mobility of the device it's the mobility of the individual experience".
Nadella's appearance lasted just 15 minutes and, despite being billed as a keynote, was in fact an interview with master of ceremonies and Microsoft chief envisioning officer Dave Coplin, with no opportunity for questions.
While Nadella didn't say much, Bob Geldof, fresh from performing with the reformed Boomtown Rats last night, talked about his role in educational software in Africa during the event.
The rise of the internet "will without question alter the way we behave and the way society functions", he said.
"We need to negotiate this, because we're floundering. We live in an age not just of historic change, but of deep-set confusion," he added.
Geldof went on to explain that with Africa expected to represent a fifth of the working population in the next decade, it is important not only that people are educated about the tools of connectivity but understand exactly what it means to be permanently connected and its potential for society.
Earlier in the day, O2 boss Ronan Dunne told delegates: "We have a responsibility to lobby for better digital education. Deploying the infrastructure is not enough."
Coplin had joined in the education debate in his introduction to Nadella, questioning whether children should bother learning languages now that Skype is capable of real-time translation. µ
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