Paul Allen sees a ‘golden age’ in tech

Paul Allen

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen speaks with GeekWire behind the scenes at the University of Washington. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

By Todd Bishop and Alan Boyle

If Paul Allen were just starting out in computer science today, he might not know where to start. Robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, augmented reality, biological systems — the list of topics that fascinate him is practically endless.

“It’s amazing,” Allen said, marveling at the advances in technology and the potential to change the world. “Kids these days have so much more computer power, so much better tools at their disposal. It really is a golden age of what’s possible.”

The Microsoft co-founder sat down for a conversation with GeekWire after making a special appearance on March 9 at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The UW announced that Allen is donating $40 million to its computer science program, and Microsoft is adding $10 million in honor of Allen to bring the total contribution to $50 million — a game-changing endowment for an institution that helps to fuel the regional economy with technology talent.

Get the full story on GeekWire.

About Alan Boyle

Award-winning science writer, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.
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