Google has had its fair share of wacky, Skynet-esque ideas recently. Take Project Loon for example: The high-flying experiment involves sending massive quantities of balloons into the Earth’s atmosphere. Upon reaching around 60,000 feet, the balloons will be able to transmit wireless internet to remote regions around the world.
This, according to Google, will provide countries in turmoil with instant internet service, which is important for … wait, why is that important? Bill Gates chimed in on Project Loom in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek interview, saying: “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.” Burn.
If anyone has the right to criticize half-cocked charity work it’s definitely Gates. His organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has given out $26.1 billion in grants since its inception. One of the organization’s main objectives is the eradication of malaria in low-income countries, which is something Gates feels Google could be assisting with in place of internet balloons.
Gates explained: “certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution. And connecting up primary-health-care centers, connecting up schools, those are good things. But no, those are not, for the really low-income countries, unless you directly say we’re going to do something about malaria.”
For a dude who is notoriously square, Gates sure as hell knows how to stick it to people.
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