Bill Gates AMA on Reddit

Bill Gates did an AMA on Reddit earlier today - here are some of his interesting answers

Kram
Posted on 2/12/2013

This is Bill Gates' AMA verification. Very very cool Bill.

 

Bill Gates

 

What is something that needs to be changed in the world, but money wont help?

It would be nice if all governments were as rational as the Nordic governments - reaching compromise and providing services broadly. The Economist had a nice special section on this last week. Africa governments have often been weak but you can't write a check to change that. Fortunately the average quality is going up. Mo Ibrahim tracks this in a great way. (http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/IIAG/)

 

Which world-wide health cause are we perfectly capable of easily solving and on the cusp of achieving but just need to put it over the top with a little more attention or resources to actually solve?

Polio is the first thing to get done since we are close. Within 6 years we will have the last case. After that we will go after malaria and measles. Malaria kills over 500,000 kids every year mostly in Africa and did not get enough attention until the last decade. We also need vaccines to prevent HIV and TB which are making progress...

 

Since becoming wealthy, what's the cheapest thing that gives you the most pleasure?

Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses...

 

How was your relationship with Steve jobs? I always hoped that y'all were really good friends and competitors.

He and I respected each other. Our biggest joint project was the Mac where Microsoft had more people on the project than Apple did as we wrote a lot of applications. I saw Steve regularly over the years including spending an afternoon with him a few months before he tragically passed away...

 

Go read the whole thing here.

 

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