As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Vaccination is one of the easiest things on the way to development. It's much easier than roads and a great education system. It's very basic. It's one of the first things you want to get right.
Scientists and companies weren't creating things like new vaccines. Now that we have this fund that's there to buy at the lowest price, but buy for those people these medicines, we see scientists everywhere coming up with those new tools.
Software is the magic thing whose importance only goes up over time.
The best way to prepare to be a programmer is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems.
Life is a lot more fun if you treat its challenges in creative ways.
Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs.
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. When you finally get done and get to appreciate what you have done it is like a part of yourself that you've put together. I think a lot of the people here feel that way.
Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that's available 24 hours a day.
The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the past.
A bad strategy will fail no matter how good your information is and lame execution will stymie a good strategy. If you do enough things poorly, you will go out of business.
I'm in the same traffic as everybody else. I'm in the same airplane delay as everybody else. I sit in the same coach seat as everybody else.
The impact of improving health is that the population growth goes down, and so you can educate more kids, feed more kids.
When you swing for the fences, you're putting every ounce of strength into hitting the ball as far as possible. You know that your bat might miss the ball entirely--but that if you succeed in making contact, the rewards can be huge.
The barrier to change is not too little caring; it is too much complexity. To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact. But complexity blocks all three steps.
I set a rule that people weren't allowed to send good news unless they sent around an equal amount of bad news. We had to get a balanced picture. In fact, I kind of favored just hearing about the accounts we were losing because ... bad news is generally more actionable than good news.
There was a magical breakthrough when the computer became cheap and we could see that everyone could afford a computer.
Energy is actually harder; it takes more time to get a product, but if you do it's a very, very big market and the constraints of doing that in a clean way are more obvious all the time.
The flatter the corporate hierarchy, the more likely it is that employees will communicate bad news and act upon it.
The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.
American dependence on oil has only gone up as we've gone through various crises and not invested in RandD.
The vision is that people should have the ultimate in convenience. Being able to get the things they care about on the appropriate device.
The most important people is to pick people who like to write software and who are good at... good developers like working with each other. And they... they reinforce each other's skills.
The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, and governments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers had no power in the market and no voice in the system.
Microsoft looks at new ideas, they don't evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, 'how will it help us sell more copies of Windows?
Bill Gates' Success Factors for Microsoft 1. Long-term Approach 2. Passion for Products and Technology 3. Teamwork 4. Results 5. Customer Feedback 6. Individual Excellence.
I believe that every life is valuable. That we can make things better. That innovation is the key to a bright future. That we're just getting started.
When you write a piece of software you assume a certain type of hardware. If you assume hardware that's too powerful then you can't sell many copies cause very few people have that machine. If you assume hardware that's too simple your product can't do as much.
The most important thing was the creation of a... a standard, where hundreds of companies build hardware that can all run the same software.
Of all the statistics in health, death is the easiest, because you can go out and ask people, Hey, have you had any children who died, did your siblings have any children who died? People don't forget that.
Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It's a good thing we have museums to document that.
It's been proven that of all the interventions to reduce poverty, improving agricultural productivity is the best.
You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard -- in other words a netbook -- will be the mainstream on that.
In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will.
Today, we take the risk of nuclear war quite seriously, climate change not so much and epidemics least of all. But no single country, not even the United States, is well prepared. And even if one country is doing the right things to protect itself, it has to be a global thing.
You might say, well, aren't people saying that about wind and solar today? Not really. Only in the super-narrow sense that the capital costs per output, when the wind is blowing, is slightly lower.
If you rely too much on the people in other countries and other companies, in a sense that's your brain and you are outsourcing your brain.
With polio, we've gone several years with no polio in all of Africa, but now with this we're having to go and mop up in that whole region, so it's a bit of a setback for polio. So in parallel we have to go back and get rid of those cases.
In software you can't really add people and expect to get more done, because their ability to understand the program and what's going on it would require so much investment and all their work would require so much review that you'd be more likely to slow things down.
This is not about trade, no one is a stronger supporter of capitalism and trade than I am. This is about sovereignty and whether a country has the right to set its own public health policies.
When you program, you want to think you're writing the best possible program for the... for the task you're trying to solve.
Well the Global Fund, because of how well it's worked on not only AIDS, but also malaria and tuberculosis, I'd say it's well accepted. I mean, it's not politically controversial that this is a great humanitarian effort. But budgets are very very tight.
It's pretty amazing to go from a world where computers were unheard of and very complex to where they're a tool of everyday life.
(On being the world's richest man) I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it.
If you take from the most wealthy and give to the least wealthy, it's good. It tries to balance out.
There are websites that any government wants to block. The truth about the Internet is that it's extremely hard to block anything -- extremely hard. You'll never get perfect blocking.
I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in.
Finally, assuming that many of those are fulfilled, which won't be easy in tight budget times, we're taking the supply side at the basic research level, because that's where government is absolutely fundamental.
People who say they don't see the acceleration of innovation is a wilful blindness. We are innovation at a wonderful speed for the basic things we think everyone should get.
The returns from investing in poor people are just as great as the returns from investing in the business world... and have even more meaning.
The United States has a huge budget deficit so taxes are going to have to go up and I certainly agree they should go up more on the rich than everyone else. That -- that's just justice.
There's a basic philosophy here that by empowering...workers you'll make their jobs far more interesting, and they'll be able to work at a higher level than they would have without all that information just a few clicks away.
Don't let complexity stop you.
Don't let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.
Another trick in software is to avoid rewriting the software by using a piece that's already been written, so called component approach which the latest term for this in the most advanced form is what's called Object Oriented Programming.
We're responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software -- that's something we brought to computing. And so it's a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don't get in the way of that dream.
The market does not drive the scientists, the communicators, the thinkers, the government to do the right things.
Our current expectations for what our students should learn in school were set ﬁfty years ago to meet the needs of an economy based on manufacturing and agriculture. We now have an economy based on knowledge and technology.
Kids are taking PCs and the Internet to new heights. They're the ones that are designing the cutting-edge web sites.
When AIDS emergency broke out and was killing millions in Africa, the Global Fund was created so that a level of generosity would show up and buy the medicines to save those lives.
Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the program down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking about how they might slow the thing down.
The job was to put into a, a computer with only 4K of memory an entire basic full blown, floating point Basic and that's one of the greatest programming feats I've ever had a chance to work on.
We all have the chance to create a world where extreme poverty is the exception rather than the rule.
Life is not a continuous process, there's some sort of finite number of achievements that defines your life.
People think about this idea that there's 122 million kids that are alive that would not be if that fatality rate had stayed at the 1990 level, that's 122 million families.
The U.S. and Canada are two generous governments and we reach out and partner with anyone who believes in foreign aid.
It is hard to sell Congress and the American people on foreign aid. Is it harder to do that than it is to sell billionaires on the idea that they should give all their money away.
I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages. I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese.
I believe technology will continue to become more affordable and more people will have the chance to use it. This will help more people get medical care and a good education.
Africa is the one continent where you still have a lot more young people than old people. So making sure they're healthy, good nutrition, good education. That'll be important for the world.
My job is about the most fun thing I do, but I have a broad set of interests, going places, reading things, doing things.
I like my job because it involves learning. I like being around smart people who are trying to figure out new things. I like the fact that if people really try they can figure out how to invent things that actually have an impact.
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