Bill Gates disagrees with Mark Zuckerberg when it comes to the recent plans of the father of Facebook. Mr Zuckerberg recently announced that he has plans to give everyone in the world access to the Internet. He also said that providing Internet access to five billion people on Earth happens to be one of the most serious challenges of the present generation. However, the Microsoft giant has some other thoughts on this.
Mr Gates, who has dedicated several years of his life for human health and its potential challenges, was talking to the Financial Times Magazine. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder called Zuckerberg’s dream to be ‘a joke’, if it is compared to his own, which is to invent a life-saving vaccine for malaria.
Mr Gates have already progressed significantly in terms of removing the menace called polio from the globe. He told 60 Minutes earlier in 2013 that after working with polio, he targets to work on malaria next. He also claims that malaria is going to be eradicated from the world in the next 15-20 years.
WHO said that about 50 per cent of the world population can be affected by malaria which has already killed about 660.000 people in 2010. A shocking revelation about the number shows that 90 per cent of those people who died from malaria were from Africa alone. Children who are below the age of five were the majority among those who died.
Mr Gates further clarified his stand on the humanitarian issues. He said that Internet connectivity was not actually what the world needed to solve its problems. Mr Gates was reacting to Zuckerberg’s August announcement that Internet connectivity was every human’s right. Mr Zuckerberg also revealed that he had a rough plan about delivering Internet connectivity to everyone in the world.
Even though Mr Gates admitted that innovation is a ‘good thing’ if it is used for improving human condition, he wonders how Internet is going to help the poorest people in the world.
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