In the Country of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King 

This quote from an H.G. Wells’ story, “Country of the Blind,” * is, I think, the creepiest, coolest line in the Dreamworks movie, “Minority Report.”  If you’ve ever seen the movie, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Those words are also found in a song written by Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen called “Kingdom of the Lonely.”  


Some of the futuristic technologies displayed in “Minority Report ” will become commonplace within the next ten years, according to Microsoft’s other Co-founder, Bill Gates.  

At a recent Microsoft “Innovations Day” conference in Brussels, Gates predicted that things like the video wall in that movie will become a reality in the near future. The next revolution in the microcomputer industry will not be in content but in the way in which humans interact with computers, he said.


From the article:

 “For Gates, the next revolution is not in the content of websites but the way we physically interact with computers, with keyboard and mouse giving way to speech, touch and mobility. ‘The pace of innovation over these next 10 years will be much faster than what we have seen in the past,’ he said.

Innovations on display at the grandly named Brussels Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre include a mirror which can remember and display people who have looked in it, computers capable of examining and telling the difference between objects, and a smart surface on which documents, maps and videos can be manipulated by hand gestures. ‘I’m just sitting here, pulling up the information, showing it to people, and there’s no paperwork, there’s no old information,’ enthused Gates. ‘I’m able to access all that information just through these hand gestures. Every desk, every meeting room table, will have that technology in it, you’ll just take it for granted.”

Not exactly a “six-degree” thing, but I thought it was cool…..


*Read the H.G. Well’s story at: