[AI] Tech 'geniuses' make pilgrimage to Microsoft

sameer latey salatey at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 3 10:16:55 EDT 2007


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From: "vishnu ramchandani" <vishnuhappy at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [AI] Tech 'geniuses' make pilgrimage to
Microsoft


> Tech 'geniuses' make pilgrimage to Microsoft
>
> AFP
>
> Mohamed Radwan came from Egypt to Microsoft's US
> campus to show Bill Gates a way software can strip
> away the stigma of being disabled.
>
> Radwan, his sister, Noha, and fellow Cairo college
> students Tarek Elgaaly and Ahmed Fathallah created
> computer software that uses artificial intelligence
> to customise school programs for those with mental
or
> physical challenges.
>
> "I have a good friend and one day I found out he had
a
> brother who is handicapped," Radwan said of the
> inspiration for the invention that put his team
among
> the finalists in this year's Microsoft Imagine Cup
> innovation contest. "It was as though the family was
> ashamed and kept him a secret." The Imagine Cup
> theme this year is, "Imagine a world where
technology
> enables a better education for all."
>
> Read latest news at DNA
>
> Ten of the teams that will vie in August at the
> Imagine Cup finals in Seoul were at Microsoft's US
> headquarters on Tuesday, showing their work to the
> software
> giant's legendary co-founder Bill Gates. "It's a
great
> area and I completely agree with your vision," Gates
> told Radwan and his team, which boldly suggested
> that Microsoft more aggressively develop ways to
make
> computing easier for people with disabilities.
>
> Gates and Microsoft chief research and strategy
> officer Craig Mundie lingered at student
> presentations, asking questions and trying programs.
> "I'm very
> nervous and excited," Byoung-Su Lin said as she and
> fellow students from South Korea readied a program
> that lets deaf and blind people read, write and
> participate in classes.
>
> The invention features a glove embedded with sensors
> with software that translates Braille into and out
of
> text and speech. A team from China demonstrated
> a program that links students in remote villages
with
> teachers, volunteers, research and other education
> resources.
>
> "In front of you today are this generation's
> geniuses," Microsoft director of initiatives Joe
> Wilson told news reporters at the demonstration
event.
> "The
> thought leaders of tomorrow."
>
> French university students built a joy stick that
> people with motor skill difficulties can use in lieu
> of a computer mouse, while a team from Japan made
> software to organise class notes and send feedback
to
> teachers.
>
> "This is a fun event," Gates said. "The point is to
> show how the magic of software can do far more
amazing
> things than most people understand."
>
> This is the fifth year for the Imagine Cup and it
drew
> entries from more than 5,800 teams from more than
100
> countries.
>
> "I'm always excited by the kids," said Mundie. "This
> is the Olympics of collegiate problem solving. We've
> upped the bar in recent years and they respond
> extremely well."
>
> The Imagine Cup victor gets a 25,000 dollar prize
and
> likely attention from investors looking to bankroll
> promising new technology. "Just that approving
> look from Bill Gates is worth all of it," Mohamed
> Radwan said. "It's about much more than the Imagine
> cup," Fathallah said. "It's about changing the
world."
>
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