Predicting computing 4 years into the future in under 10 minutes (and try to get as many product plugs as possible). That was the challenge today at the Atomic Live Forum held in Melbourne. The panel of speakers included Microsoft’s Norbert Haehnel, ASUS’ Emmanuele Silanesu & Albert Liang, AMD’s Michael Apthorpe and Samsung’s Simon King.
Nothing could have gone more wrong for me. I missed the opportunity to chat with Peter Barlow, who is directing the eGames expo coming up. And my voice recorder stopped recording mid-way through the event because someone *unhealthy stare at Simon King* touched the device. So I have nothing more to show than photos, which is definitely a shame.
ASUS had a little product showcase that was only interesting to the people who set it up, and the manager/director who wanted to get a photo of the set-up.
The highlight of the whole event. Download the introduction recording in MP3. I strongly recommend you to listen to the audio whilst reading the following introductory joke. Predictions for 2010 by Atomic:
Samsung’s Simon speaks. We have lots of companies. We have lots of money. We have lots of products. All your LCD panels are belong to us. Our factories are big. We’re going to make LCDs better. We own displays in 2010. I felt like I just attended Samsung’s shareholder meeting.
We ripped the design of a concept PC from Purdue University.
AMD’s Michael speaks. Fast head movements + no Powerpoint = no photos. But he assured us AMD is still making CPUs, and will be in 2010.
In conclusion. One of the better free events I’ve attended. Better than I expected. But nothing was new or extremely exciting. Australia lags behind when it comes to technology news and announcements. Everyone just regurgitates information that any enthusiast would have read a week ago. And when you invite a lecture room full of enthusiasts to an event, the standard should be higher. Good job to Atomic anyway. Better than nothing.