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Bill Gates Says Email Not Dead.

Informatics: Gates foretells death of spam

Ok, he didn't say those exact words, but he's a believer that technology will eventually beat spammers. He recently spoke at ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva.

He called on anonymity to be removed from internet protocols like SMTP, because it allows spammers to mimic other users, and suggested that passwords could be replaced by smart cards and biometric technologies.

"We have to know who is accessing the network. By being able to identify who the sender is we will be able to make the spam problem essentially go away," he said.

 

Let's hope he's right.

I also liked what the Marketing Wonk folks had to say about it...

Let's hope he's correct and that this prediction will prove more accurate than his previously-predicted demises of the Internet, open source code, Apple and the Sherman Antitrust Act.