He went on to riff on how this burgeoning "information highway" would eventually allow us to connect with one another in entirely new ways:
"...The way we find information and make decisions will be changed. Think about how you find people with common interests, how you pick a doctor, how you decide what book to read. Right now it's hard to reach out to a broad range of people. You are tied into the physical community near you. But in the new environment, because of how information is stored and accessed, that community will expand. This tool will be empowering, the infrastructure will be built quickly and the impact will be broad."
Hmmm, sound familiar? Sure seems like a loose definition of Facebook, an idea Mark Zuckerberg wouldn't come up with until a full decade after Gates uttered these words.
Interestingly, there's no mention of future consumers being interested in using a device known as the "Zune," which while not technically a prediction, would also turn out to be correct.
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