Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has urged Singapore to become the "nerve centre for innovation" in Asia.
Singapore needs to commercialise ideas, respect intellectual property and cherish its people, he told professionals from the information technology industry, the Straits Times reported on Thursday.
Ballmer said there would be new types of computer interactions in the future, like voice or even gestural commands, and that nurturing people with passion and aspiration is an important factor in the growth of innovation.
He added that nurturing good people should complement technological leaps forward.
His speech at the Info-communications Development Authority on Wednesday was also attended by political and government leaders.