In a refreshingly candid and informative interview with BBC’s Kirsty Young, Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke openly on number of interesting topics, including his rivalry with Steve Jobs and how he initially met and began courting his wife, now Melinda Gates. But perhaps the most interesting and quirky tidbit from Gates’ interview centers on the famed tech icon’s insatiable demand for excellence from his employees.
When Snoop Dogg wants to game online, he doesn’t want any obstacles standing in his way. So when Xbox Live went down for hours on Wednesday, Snoop was not a happy camper at all. In fact, the legendary rapper took to Instagram to post a short video ranting against Microsoft and Bill Gates for Xbox Live’s failures while also threatening to switch to Sony’s PlayStation 4. More →
Aside from being the cofounder of one of the largest tech companies known to man, Bill Gates is also known for his tremendous philanthropy work. Gates and his foundation are trying to eradicate certain diseases, solve problems with clean water scarcity and, as of late, fix climate change. Gates is ready to bet $2 billion of his money to fund innovation at an accelerated pace to seek ideas that would turn out to be the “energy miracle” we’ll need in the future to put a stop to global warming. More →
Extreme wealth, in more recent times, has tended to accumulate in the hands of individuals who have been at the forefront of either industrial and technological revolutions. From the wealth Cornelius Vanderbilt amassed building railroads in the 1800s to the impressive fortune Bill Gates amassed as the CEO of Microsoft, many of the world’s richest men over the past two centuries or so are likely familiar names.
But if we take a step back and look at the richest individuals to have ever lived, the list becomes a whole lot more interesting. While more recent manifestations of wealth can be seen in the realm of industry and technology, more ancient manifestations of wealth arose in contexts of sheer power and, at times, old-fashioned military domination.
Over the weekend, Microsoft, somewhat quietly, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen back in 1975, Microsoft, of course, would eventually go on to become the de-facto standard in computer software thanks to the 1-2 punch of Windows and Microsoft Office.
In commemoration of Microsoft’s 40th year, Bill Gates recently penned a letter to Microsoft employees which touched on what the company has accomplished while also painting a rosy picture of what lies ahead.
While the bulk of Bill and Melinda Gates’ time these days centers on their charity work, the Gates family remains steadfastly devoted to all things Microsoft. If you thought that some time away from the trenches of the tech world might have softened their stance regarding Apple products, you might want to reconsider.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.