In a fascinating interview with Financial Times Magazine, Bill Gates took a shot at tech billionaires trying to provide internet connections in the developing world, dismissing their efforts as unimportant when compared to providing the basics like running water.
“Take this malaria vaccine, [this] weird thing that I’m thinking of,” Gates told Richard Waters of FT. “Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t.”
It’s a not-so-thinly-veiled shot at tech giants like Google and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who wrote that “connecting the world is one of the greatest challenges of our generation” back in August.
According to the World Health Organization, roughly 768 million people didn’t have access to safe drinking water in 2011. Approximately 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty (less than $1 per day).
Former Microsoft CEO Gates, 58…
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