Microsoft has gathered some 350 computer science professors and faculty today from six continents to showcase its research and talk big-picture about the state of the industry.
During the opening plenary session, the discussion covered how to get more students excited about computer science over careers in entertainment or sports, for example.
One suggestion was to point out the likelihood of failure in more glamorous pursuits.
Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie offered this observation, perhaps with tongue slightly in cheek:
“Kids have genetically a better chance of growing up and being Bill Gates than growing up and being Tiger Woods. It’s quite amazing. We should probably publish these statistics.”