Well in this case, so much for a front row seat with mosquitoes potentially flying around. This was done to get attention and focus on one of the projects a the Foundation, malaria. The mosquitoes of course did not have malaria and I might guess they were special bread for this occasion to be sure, software can do a lot today and those little guys have DNA too.
We need smart folks around and Bill Gates is certainly one and it’s easier to give a coder a personality than it is to learn what he has upstairs by all means. Also as I mention here on the blog, education, one more time. I see it from the healthcare side of things and most of it stems back to an attitude of wanting to learn for a lot of it, and yes there are those who don’t have the access that others so and that’s what this is all about, access and education for all. Funny it made mention of his appearance 10 years ago when it was not stylish to be a geek, boy have things changed and so has Mr. Gates, being able to take the knowledge and time spent with data and then turn that around and help use it in the interest of better healthcare for all. Nice what smart people with generous hearts can do, when he passes on most of his money will be donated to charity as well, something you would almost never see a CEO from Wall Street consider. BD
There were two main impressions of the talk, both not typical of the technological giant's image. People came away deeply inspired and amused. Take a look:
Gates is such an inspiring change agent. I wish that more people in the world took action 2 make change. What a world it would b! #TED
Bill Gates a comedian! Talking about malaria. Pretended to loose mosquitoes from jar. "Not only poor people shd have the experience" --
"I think it's good that the mood was bleak at Davos," said Gates, referring to the recent global economic summit in Switzerland. "People were saying things like, 'How's your economy falling apart? Oh, that's slightly different then mine.' "
That got a few laughs from the crowd, but the magnitude of the situation came back to the fore in short order. "I think we have three, four, five years here that will be very tough," said Gates.
In response to questions on the origin of our troubles, Gates was blunt: "There's no doubt the American consumer was overspending. But there's no government magic bullet to fix things. ... If you actually went back to overspending, you'd just go back to the same problems."