Software is the water we all swim in. It’s how atoms become something more than atoms. How noise becomes signal. How data becomes information. And it’s how devices talk to each other and the world beyond.
Technology, like all human creations, exists to amplify our abilities, express our ideas and extend our reach. So if you think about it, what Microsoft really does is build tools that enhance the very capabilities that make us human.
For all of human history, the inability to understand one another has been the most costly barrier to fulfilling our full potential. And now tools like Skype Translator are eliminating that barrier. Generation to generation, country to country, human to human. No problem.
After World War 2 ended, Winston Churchill predicted that “The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” The true security of nations will come not from kings, armies and conquest, but from our intellect and its creations.