Microsoft snags Stephen Hawking as keynote speaker

Physicist Hawking will address AI issues at Microsoft event; HoloLens to share spotlight

Microsoft snags Stephen Hawking as keynote speaker

Stephen Hawking will highlight Microsoft Future Decoded in London

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Famed physicist and author Stephen Hawking will deliver a keynote address and a at Microsoft's Future Decoded conference on Nov. 1-2 in London. The conference will focus on doing digital business, exploiting the power of algorithms and data. 

Hawking will deliver the closing speech on the first day of the event and speak about artificial intelligence and how it might impact people. Hawking, who has a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), uses a computer-based communication provided by Intel to speak, and actually does use both Microsoft Windows and Skype, according to his web page.

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He'll be joined on the Future Decoded agenda by oodles of Microsoft muckety-mucks, Uber's Chris Messina and others. The event is split into one day on business and another on technology.

Microsoft's Future Decoded will also feature the first developer session of HoloLens, the company's mixed reality technology, which became available in the United States and several other markets earlier this year.

HoloLens

Microsoft Future Decoded attendees will get face- and hands-on with HoloLens

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