Microsoft chief: In 10 years, computers will know your intent

Expect to see as much development in computing through the next 10 years as there was in the past 10, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a group of technology workers in Charlotte on Friday.

He described computer systems that can figure out what you meant to do and devices as flexible as a sheet of paper as the technologies that would change the way we live in the next few years.

Ballmer's speech and question-and-answer session kicked off the North Carolina Technology Association conference in uptown Charlotte. He discussed topics including health care costs and the future of Microsoft's new search engine, Bing.

"Nothing ever slows down," he said, highlighting the need for research and development even in a down economy. "There continues to be amazing change, and it's not just in the new things you see and read."