Bill Gates Artificial Intelligence

Bill Gates is the latest brilliant person to warn artificial intelligence could kill us all

By on February 3, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Bill Gates is the latest brilliant person to warn artificial intelligence could kill us all

Worries about artificial intelligence possibly wiping out humanity aren’t just limited to science fiction writers — plenty of the world’s most brilliant people think developing AI could be a potentially catastrophic mistake as well. In addition to famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Space X CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates is now warning about the dangers of AI. More →

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Jimmy Fallon and Bill Gates Poop Water

Video: Bill Gates gets Jimmy Fallon to drink sanitized sewage water

By on January 22, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Video: Bill Gates gets Jimmy Fallon to drink sanitized sewage water

Bill Gates was invited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where he talked about the “Omniprocessor,” a neat invention that helps engineers turn human waste into clean water and electricity. This isn’t the first time Gates talked about this Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project, or the first time when Gates drank so-called “poop water,” but this time around the Microsoft guru also tricked Fallon into drinking the same kind of water. More →

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Bill Gates Water Poop Video

Video: Watch Bill Gates drink clean water processed from human waste

By on January 7, 2015 at 4:46 PM.

Video: Watch Bill Gates drink clean water processed from human waste

Bill Gates may not run Microsoft anymore but he’s still doing some insanely cool things, such as coming up with more ways to provide clean drinking water to people around the world who now lack access to it. Gates’ quest for clean water has now led him to try getting it from a most unexpected source: Human waste. More →

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Bill Gates Secret Santa Gift

Bill Gates gives a lucky person one of the best Secret Santa gifts ever

By on December 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Bill Gates gives a lucky person one of the best Secret Santa gifts ever

Reddit has a massive Secret Santa gift exchange every year and one of its most high-profile participants is none other than Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. This year, Redditor calid7 was the lucky person to get Gates as her secret Santa and he sent her one of the greatest Secret Santa gifts we’ve ever seen: A full-size replica of the horned helmet worn by the evil god Loki in The Avengers and other Marvel films. More →

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Bill Gates Ice Bucket Challenge

Watch Bill Gates take the funniest ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ so far

By on August 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Watch Bill Gates take the funniest ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ so far

It’s always fun when people in positions of power are willing to step down to make a fool of themselves for a good cause. That’s what Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg and Phil Schiller did earlier this week by dumping a bucket of freezing cold water onto their heads for the ALS awareness campaign, challenging their friends to do the same. One of the three people included in Zuckerberg’s list was Bill Gates, and he didn’t disappoint. More →

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Xbox Division Sale

Bill Gates says he would support dumping Microsoft’s Xbox unit

By on May 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Bill Gates says he would support dumping Microsoft’s Xbox unit

Should it stay or should it go? When it comes to Microsoft’s Xbox business, that recurring question continues to haunt Microsoft executives. Investors have been making the case for breaking off the company’s Xbox division for some time now, and Xbox gamers continue to become enraged whenever the idea is mentioned. Now, Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has weighed in. More →

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Bill Gates Interview Robots

Bill Gates: Yes, robots really are about to take your jobs

By on March 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Bill Gates: Yes, robots really are about to take your jobs

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates isn’t going to sugarcoat things: The increasing power of automation technology is going to put a lot of people out of work. Business Insider reports that Gates gave a talk at the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, DC this week and said that both governments and businesses need to start preparing for a future where lots of people will be put out of work by software and robots. More →

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Bill Gates Interview

Just in case you forgot how awesome Bill Gates is…

By on February 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM.

Just in case you forgot how awesome Bill Gates is…

Bill Gates is an awesome human being. He has played a huge role in changing the world on several occasions — literally, not figuratively — first by helping to make personal computing a reality at Microsoft and amassing a ridiculously huge personal fortune in the process, and then by using that ridiculously huge personal fortune to make the world a better place for people in need across the globe. And despite his long and storied career, he’s not done changing the world. Gates’s continued philanthropic efforts will change millions, even billions of lives for the better moving forward.

Long story short, Bill Gates is the man. More →

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Bill Gates seen as Microsoft’s shadow CEO

By on January 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Bill Gates seen as Microsoft’s shadow CEO

Why is Microsoft having such difficulty finding a new CEO? As Re/code reports, many potential CEO candidates are worried about whether they’ll really have a free hand to run the company with founder and chairman Bill Gates lurking in the background. In fact, Re/code’s sources both inside and outside Microsoft say Gates “is more likely to remain visible, depending on the new leader, as well as more active within the company.” More →

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Bill Gates Secret Santa

Bill Gates takes on a new role… as Secret Santa

By on December 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM.

Bill Gates takes on a new role… as Secret Santa

Reddit’s annual Secret Santa had a surprise participant this year, and it was none other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Reddit user NY1227 on Wednesday posted what will undoubtedly go down as one of the best Reddit Secret Santa Stories of all time. After 24-year-old Reddit user Rachael received her Secret Santa shipment, she quickly tore it open to discover that it contained a stuffed cow, a book on traveling and a card with a certificate. The cow, it turned out, was symbolic of a donation made to Heifner International on Rachael’s behalf. It didn’t click at first, but then Rachael discovered a photo with the card and certificate. That photo, seen above, showed Bill Gates holding her cow and certificate. More →

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Bill Gates Intellectual Ventures Patents

Proxy war: Bill Gates helps Motorola-suing patent troll get more patents

By on August 15, 2013 at 7:05 PM.

Proxy war: Bill Gates helps Motorola-suing patent troll get more patents

Bill Gates may no longer be running Microsoft but that doesn’t mean he can’t help his company out in his spare time. Ars Technica reports that the Microsoft cofounder is helping Intellectual Ventures, a patent-holding firm that has in the past sued the Google-owned Motorola, acquire more patents and is listed as a co-inventor on 93 patent applications filed by the firm since 2008. Intellectual Ventures, which was cofounded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has around 70,000 patents in its portfolio even though it doesn’t make any products of its own. Indeed, the firm itself told Ars that its mission was not to make products but to “invest in ideas themselves and make them available to other companies” for a licensing fee.

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Bill Gates Google Project Loon Criticism

Bill Gates: Google’s African Internet initiative won’t help people dying from malaria

By on August 8, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

Bill Gates: Google’s African Internet initiative won’t help people dying from malaria

Bill Gates has a long history of philanthropy in Africa and he’s decidedly unimpressed with Google’s initiative to help more people in Africa get Internet connectivity through the use of weather balloons that act as ad hoc wireless networks. During an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Gates said that Google’s African Internet initiative would do very little to help people on the continent who are suffering from disease and starvation, which he says are the main problems that most rural Africans face. More →

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Bill Gates Interview Steve Jobs

Bill Gates recounts final visit with Steve Jobs in emotional interview [video]

By on May 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM.

Bill Gates recounts final visit with Steve Jobs in emotional interview [video]

Bill Gates and late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are among a small group of people who helped shape the technology industry over the past 40 years and in a new interview conducted by 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose, the former reflects on his final visit with the latter. Gates recently sat down with 60 Minutes to discuss his work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and although it didn’t air in CBS’ broadcast, the conversation veered off topic for a few moments as the Microsoft co-founder got emotional while recounting his last visit with friend and rival Steve Jobs in May 2011. No spoilers here — the unaired footage from the Gates interview follows below. More →

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