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Bill and Melinda Gates publish their annual letter

Posted by hkarner - 17. Februar 2019

Date: 15-02-2019
Source: The Economist

“Miraculous” progress in global health, frustration over education

Getting killed in a video game, receiving unfair treatment from a teacher, seeing a relative go to jail: the teenagers taking part in Chicago’s Becoming a Man (bam) initiative admit to a variety of frustrations, some trivial, some tragic, that can stir their anger. The initiative, which teaches young men how to regulate their emotions, aims to lower crime rates and improve graduation rates. Recently one bam group invited an unusual guest into their counselling circle: Bill Gates, the second-richest man in the world. So what pushes his buttons?

Mr Gates answers that question in his latest annual letter, written with his wife Melinda, describing the work of the $50bn charitable foundation they oversee. He admits to being “pretty harsh” with his parents as a child and “tough” on people at Microsoft. (“Over the decades I’ve mellowed out on that,” he says.) He also remembers “getting mad” at a meeting when he learned that polio cases were increasing.

In his first letter ten years ago, Mr Gates argued that a “maniacal focus on drawing in the best talent and measuring results” would make a difference in the foundation’s fields of interest: global health, development and American education. In health, he feels vindicated. The progress in research, vaccine delivery and statistical monitoring to which they have contributed is “more miraculous than the digital revolution,” Mr Gates says.

But in education, results are less striking: test scores have been harder to budge. Even in health, the eradication of polio has proven maddeningly elusive. In 2003 he thought the disease would be gone in a couple of years. But it lingers. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life

Posted by hkarner - 22. Oktober 2018

Date: 21-10-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Bill Gates

Gates describes the moment Allen showed him a new computer called the Altair 8800, which marked the end of Gates’s college career and the beginning of Microsoft

I met Paul Allen when I was in 7th grade, and it changed my life.

I looked up to him right away. He was two years ahead of me in school, really tall, and proved to be a genius with computers. (Later, he also had a very cool beard, the type I could never pull off myself.) We bonded over the teletype that some students’ mothers had bought for the school and had connected to a remote mainframe.

Eventually we were spending just about all our free time messing around with any machine we could get our hands on. At an age when other high school kids were sneaking out of the house to go partying, Paul and I would sneak out at night to go use the computers in a lab at the University of Washington. It sounds geeky, and it was, but it was also a formative experience, and I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do it without Paul. I know it would have been a lot less fun. (“Borrowing” computer time illicitly would become something of a theme for us. Later, when I was a student at Harvard, I got in trouble for letting Paul use the campus computer lab without permission.)

Even in high school, before most people knew what a personal computer was, Paul predicted that chips would get super-powerful and would eventually give rise to a whole new industry. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The African youth boom: what’s worrying Bill Gates

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Date: 18-09-2018
Source: The Guardian

The philanthropist warns that stability in Africa makes a huge difference to the world, and that investing in the health and education of its young people is vital

What worries Bill Gates most? The booming population of Africa looms over his foundation’s latest global survey. By the end of this century there will be 4 billion more people on Earth – and 3 billion of these extra souls will be born in Africa. The challenge, he says, is that “Africa must almost quadruple its agricultural productivity to feed itself. That’s very daunting.”

The philanthropist is torn between sending out a message of hope and a message of fear when I meet him at his foundation’s spacious campus in the heart of his hometown, Seattle.

He is reaching for what works best to revive the west’s faltering conscience in the face of “America first” nationalism and rising pull-up-the-drawbridge populism in Europe. The spirit of generosity is under assault as government aid budgets come under constant sniper fire from right-wing politicians and their media.

Half of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spending goes to Africa. The funds put into the foundation by themselves and fellow philanthropist Warren Buffett now amount to more than than $50bn (£38bn). Until last year Gates, the Microsoft founder, was the world’s richest man. He has now been overtaken by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

Gates’ first instinct is optimism. Just consider the astonishing story of how far and how fast people have been brought out of abject poverty in a very short time. Since 2000, a billion people have been taken well over the line of $1.90-a-day wretchedness (£1.45), with the same uplift among those previously living on $3.20 a day.

The foundation’s report bursts with remarkable data – too few people know about the galloping progress of humankind. Take India, where only 18 years ago almost one in five children were not enrolled in primary school – now, 97% attend classes. Look at the indicators on the report’s global scorecard for the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030, and most things are improving almost everywhere. But there is a marked variation in the future trajectory: progress depends on the level of future investment. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Certified Insane

Posted by hkarner - 19. Mai 2018

Date: 18-05-2018
Source: The Guardian
Subject: Bill Gates: Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV

Microsoft co-founder tells foundation meeting it was ‘kind of scary’ how much Trump knew about what Gates’ daughter looked like

Bill Gates said Donald Trump once left an event before returning 20 minutes later in a helicopter, presumably in order to make a ‘grand entrance’.

Bill Gates, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, has claimed Donald Trump twice asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and knew a “scary” amount about Gates’s daughter’s looks.

The remarks were recorded at a recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting, where Gates took questions from staff, according to MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes show, which broadcast the footage on Thursday.

Gates told the audience how Trump had encountered his daughter Jennifer, now 22, at a horse show in Florida. “And then about 20 minutes later he flew in on a helicopter to the same place,” the Microsoft co-founder said. “So clearly he had been driven away but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter.”

Gates himself met Trump for the first time in New York in December 2016, he recalled: “So when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance. Melinda [Gates’s wife] didn’t like that too well.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Im Schatten des US-Wahlkampfs

Posted by hkarner - 23. April 2018

Bei der Frühjahrstagung von Weltbank und IWF traf Finanzminister Hartwig Löger unter anderem Microsoftgründer Bill Gates. In den USA ist der Wirtschaftsgipfel ein Randthema.

Die Stiftung des Multimilliardärs Bill Gates und die Weltbank arbeiten seit Langem eng zusammen

Ob Bill Gates tatsächlich nach Salzburg kommen wird, ist noch nicht sicher. Fest steht, dass er am Freitag in Washington von Finanzminister Hartwig Löger im Namen der Bundesregierung nach Salzburg eingeladen worden ist. Löger hatte den Microsoft-Gründer am Rande der Frühjahrstagung der Weltbank und des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF) in Washington getroffen. Gates hatte mit Weltbank-Präsident Jim Yong Kim eine neue Initiative für Afrika präsentiert. Unter den knapp 30 Gästen war auch Löger. Immerhin übernimmt Österreich in zwei Monaten den EU-Ratsvorsitz.

Die Stiftung des Multimilliardärs Bill Gates und die Weltbank arbeiten seit Langem eng zusammen. Vor allem wenn es darum geht, in Afrika bessere Rahmenbedingungen herzustellen. Die Gates-Stiftung investiert jedes Jahr Milliarden in Bildungseinrichtungen und Gesundheitsversorgung. Nur so sei es möglich, mittelfristig eine Basis für Arbeitsplätze und Stabilität in Afrika zu schaffen. Finanzminister Löger will nun auch gezielte Projekte mit österreichischen Firmen in Afrika initiieren, sagte er im Gespräch mit der „Presse am Sonntag“. „Das Geld ist vor Ort besser investiert“, ist der Finanzminister überzeugt. Um Wirtschaftsmigration zu begegnen, müssen Perspektiven in Afrika geschaffen werden.
Das beherrschende Thema beim Frühjahrstreffen war allerdings der drohende Handelskrieg zwischen den USA und China und dessen Auswirkungen auf die Weltwirtschaft. Der Chef der Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) Roberto Azevedo hat davor gewarnt, dass der von US-Präsident Donald Trump befeuerte Handelsstreit bei einer Eskalation das weltwirtschaftliche Wachstum abwürgen könnte. Die Spannungen im Handel seien eine der größten Bedrohungen für den globalen Aufschwung, sagte Azevedo vor dem IWF-Lenkungsausschuss IMFC.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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12 Bücher, die ihr laut Bill Gates gelesen haben solltet

Posted by hkarner - 14. Dezember 2017

msn.comJahrzehntelang verdiente Bill Gates Milliarden mit Technologie. Jetzt gibt er sein Geld für den Kampf gegen Krankheiten und den Klimawandel aus.

Es ist keine Überraschung, dass der Mann Wissenschaft liebt.

Im Laufe der Jahre hat Gates einige wissenschaftliche Bücher empfohlen. In manchen davon geht es um die Umwelt, andere handeln vom Weltall und einige beschäftigen sich mit der Bekämpfung von Krankheiten.

Hier kommen einige seiner Lieblingsbücher.

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Rethinking Education

Posted by hkarner - 23. Oktober 2017

October 22, 2017

This week’s letter will be more like an Outside the Box than a Thoughts from the Frontline. I am feeling under the weather, and while I can read and move around somewhat, I am really not thinking all that well and am not up to wasting your time writing a letter that neither you nor I will be happy with.

Thankfully, my friend Peter Diamandis sent a letter detailing his vision of the future of education, and I want to share it with you. I have been struck by the number of times in the last year when, as I begin to talk about the problems our society will face in the coming years – especially as regards the future of work –someone says “The answer is more education.”

I don’t want to be glib, but our educational system is largely a failure in producing children and young adults ready for the future. Why we would think that more of that would be useful? What we need to do is completely rethink the whole concept of what we call education. I will admit to being somewhat at a loss, having read many treatises and essays on changing education, but finding nothing that really brings it together. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Great strides have been made against disease and poverty

Posted by hkarner - 17. September 2017

Date: 16-09-2017
Source: The Economist

A report from the Gates Foundation spells out the biggest risks to future progress

IF YOU look beyond the rich West, most of which has been in a funk ever since the financial crisis of 2007-08, the world has had an amazing run. Fully 6m fewer children under the age of five died in 2016 than in 1990. Never before have so many people been free of grinding poverty and ill health. Never have women been so unlikely to die as a result of giving birth, or to lose a baby to illness.

But the possibility that after this long winning streak humanity could be about to trip and fall is preoccupying Bill and Melinda Gates, a pair of self-described “impatient optimists” who run a foundation dedicated to solving the world’s problems. A report from the foundation published on September 13th suggests that progress on several fronts may be starting to falter. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Aus eins mach zwei: Bitcoin steht vor Aufspaltung

Posted by hkarner - 31. Juli 2017

Alexander Hahn, 31. Juli 2017, 14:59 derstandard.at

Nach der Umstellung am 1. August wird es voraussichtlich zwei Versionen der Digitalwährung geben: Bitcoin und Bitcoin Cash

Wien – Für den einen kann ein Bitcoin auf 10.000 oder sogar 100.000 Dollar steigen, für den anderen handelt es sich dabei nicht einmal um eine Währung: Bei diesen zwei Personen handelt es sich um den Bitcoin-Optimisten Bill Gates, der seine Erwartung Ende des Vorjahrs in einem Bloomberg-Interview offenbarte, und den Bitcoin-Verweigerer Warren Buffett, also zwei der drei reichsten Menschen der Welt.

Das zeigt, wie sehr die Digitalwährung die Leute polarisiert – wobei sich nun auch eine Spaltung innerhalb der Bitcoin-Community abzeichnet. Auslöser ist eine technische Umstellung bei der Onlinewährung per 1. August. Notwendig geworden ist diese, da Transaktionen mit Bitcoin immer behäbiger umgesetzt wurden. „Am 1. August steht eine Entscheidung zur Zukunft von Bitcoin an“, kommentiert James Butterfill, Chefanalyst von ETF Securities, die Umstellung. „Die Währung kann derzeit nur sieben Transaktionen pro Sekunde verarbeiten im Vergleich zu Visa mit 2.000 Transaktionen pro Sekunde.

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How to make robots pay their fair share

Posted by hkarner - 8. März 2017

Date: 06-03-2017
Source: The Economist

THE future looks increasingly perilous for the human worker. New robots are no longer flummoxed by staircases and doorknobs; clever software is capable of driving cars and carrying on (rudimentary) conversations. While a workless world remains a distant possibility, a period of automation-driven disruption seems to loom ahead. Many futurists reckon that as machines replace people, governments will need to find ways to redistribute income from the machines (and the people who own them) to displaced workers, to ensure that the benefits of automation-driven growth are shared widely. In a recent interview Bill Gates proposed one method for doing this: a tax on robots, the money from which could be used to retrain workers and expand employment in health care and education. But is this the right response?

Mr Gates’s proposal would solve several problems at once. In addition to raising money (which could be used to fund new employment opportunities for people) the tax would probably slow the pace of automation: a good thing, from Mr Gates’s perspective. Economists typically dislike taxes on such investments, since buying and using new equipment raises productivity and growth. But if the pace of automation is too rapid for society to handle, as Mr Gates supposes, then slowing automation could do more good than harm: by prolonging employment for workers who might otherwise fall into long-term unemployment, for instance. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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