1/24/2006

Bill Gates’ Spam Prediction Misses Target

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:06 pm

Two years ago Tuesday, Bill Gates predicted that spam would be a “solved” problem by now, a prognostication that, say most e-mail experts, was as off-base as most of Nostradamus’ forecasts.

Jan. 24, 2004, Gates told a group at the World Economic Forum that “two years from now, spam will be solved.” During the talk, Gates pinned his prediction on the creation of an authentication scheme to verify senders’ identities, as well as the hope that some kind of micropayment structure could be created for levying fees on e-mail.

“We have a long way to go before we solve the spam problem,” said Scott Chasin, the chief technology officer for Denver-based e-mail security firm MXlogic. “Gates’ prediction has not come true. Talk to any Internet user out there and they’ll agree. All they have to do to know is log into their in-boxes.

“I think Gates had a very optimistic view of the world,” added Chasin.

Source: Information Week

 

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