17 Microsoft researchers offer bold computer science predictions for 2017 and 2027 – GeekWire

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Microsoft’s 17 researchers who offered predictions for 2017 and 10 years later. (Microsoft Photo)

Citing the lack of professional role models as one reason for a “dearth of women in computing,” Microsoft looked inward on Monday in an effort to inspire more young girls to pursue their STEM dreams. A post from the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant’s official blog relies on 17 women from within its global research organization to share their views on what’s likely to occur in their fields in 2017, as well as 10 years later.

It’s part of Microsoft’s nod to Computer Science Education Week and the acknowledgement that women and girls are vastly underrepresented as computer science graduates — just 20 percent, despite representing roughly 50 percent of the world’s population. Microsoft cites the “far-reaching societal and economic consequences”…

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