For much of human history, innovation has been focused on improving survival rates and longevity, Gates writes in an introduction to the list. But “because we’re living longer, our focus is starting to shift toward well-being,” Gates writes. “We’ve reached a point where we’re tackling both ideas at once, and that’s what makes this moment in history so interesting.”
In his quest to solve, or have a hand in solving, some of the world’s more pressing problems, Bill Gates has no doubt been presented with a range of evolving technologies which promise to do one trick or another. In a new list prepared for the MIT Technology Review, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist chooses 10 breakthrough technologies for 2019.
In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled Business @ the Speed of Thought. In the book, Gates made 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous. But as Markus Kirjonen, a business student, once noted on his blog, Gates' forecasts turned out to be eerily prescient.
While Gates promised more insights on his personal resolution in the weeks ahead, he remains confident in technology's ability to improve our lives. "What connects it all is my belief that innovation can save lives and improve everyone's well-being," wrote Gates. "A lot of people underestimate just how much innovation will make life better."
To many, Bill Gates is a hero. But the billionaire philanthropist has shown that even world-class icons have idols of their own. For him, one among them is Anna Rosling Rönnlund. In a blog post earlier this year, Gates dubbed the Swedish social entrepreneur a hero for “making a difference in the world” through her work.
Tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday they will team up to help develop new methods for kids with trouble learning -- an effort that will include dabbling into child brain science. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative intend to explore a number of potential pilot projects.
Code.org, the non-profit organization that aims to increase access to computer science education, has raised $12 million in philanthropic funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys Foundation USA and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The announcement came as part of a Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo. Meanwhile, eight states, 76 school districts and 102 organizations nationwide made pledges to expand access to computer science education to millions of students.
A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix. The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistics hubs.
Some people are afraid that heavily armed artificially intelligent robots might take over the world, enslaving humanity - or perhaps exterminating us. These people, including tech-industry billionaire Elon Musk and eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, say artificial intelligence technology needs to be regulated to manage the risks. But Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg disagree, saying the technology is not nearly advanced enough for those worries to be realistic.
Accelerating innovation requires both political leadership and private sector leadership. Bill Gates believes the best leaders have the ability to do both the urgent things that demand the attention today and at the same time lay the groundwork for innovation that will pay dividends for decades.