IT, or Information Technology, according to Webster's is "the technology involving the development, maintenance, and the use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data." We've been using this term to describe computer technology since the 70s, but Microsoft wants to change that.
In a blog post on Microsoft's technet blog, the company said that its annual TechForum, which was hosted at Microsoft's HQ this week, was focused on the move from information technology to intelligent technology. What this means is that computers will no longer play a passive role in our everyday lives as an input tool, but rather take part in our lives in a meaningful way. Machines, such as your smartphone or tablet, will learn just as much from you as you learn from it.
The TechForum event was focused on the three ways that Microsoft is helping lead the charge into a future of intelligent technology:
All three of these technologies will become more important over the years as our relationship with computers grows deeper. More technologies will also undoubtedly emerge over the next few years that will make us rethink our relationship with computers yet again. All of this leads us to the idea that technology is not merely something that humanity creates, but rather its a living, breathing creation that evolves alongside mankind. Moving to rename information technology to intelligent technology is the first step to realizing our intertwined future with machines.[Image: Microsoft]