Bill Gates: What I Won't Spend My Money On
Microsoft founder blasts Google Balloon, private space programs
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates gives a speech to the Australian National Press, May 28, 2013, in Canberra, Australia.   (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

(Newser) – Bill Gates has some pretty focused world-improvement goals—like eradicating polio, reducing infant death rates in the developing world, and improving education—and doesn't think much of flashier projects with less lofty goals. Asked, in a new Bloomberg interview, how he felt about Google's efforts to spread broadband to the developing world via balloon, Gates replied:

  • "When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you. When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that. "
He added:
  • "Google started out saying they were going to do a broad set of things ... and they got fantastic publicity. And then they shut it all down. Now they’re just doing their core thing. Fine." But that's "not going to uplift the poor. "

Gates also isn't sold on private space exploration efforts. Asked if those projects were "worthwhile for humanity," he replied:

  • "Everybody’s got their own priorities. In terms of improving the state of humanity, I don’t see the direct connection. I guess it’s fun, because you shoot rockets up in the air. But it’s not an area that I’ll be putting money into."
For the full interview, click here.

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Aug 19, 2013 8:04 AM CDT
Bill Gates: What I Won't Spend My Money On. is paying your fair share in Taxes, as well as the other crook From GE Obama's buddy's... And both famous in sending Jobs over seas.
Aug 10, 2013 3:18 PM CDT
Space exploration mainly benefits the companies, and their overpaid employees, involved in continuing the launch of space junk. The space lab is half full, and produced little for the Billions spent.
Aug 10, 2013 10:11 AM CDT
Things Bill Gates won't spend money on: Decent hair cut Decent suit