Microsoft founder Bill Gates sat through second Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions
He started off with, “I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ask me anything.”
That was all the invitation Redditors and his fans needed. They bombarded him with questions left, right and centre ranging from queries on the NSA to the next generation of condoms.
Here is a pick from them:
What is different about Bill Gates age 20 years and today, except for the time? - ssm
Twenty years ago I would stay in the office for days at a time and not think twice about it -- so I had energy and naivete on my side. Now, hopefully, I am a bit more mellow but with a little extra wisdom.
Any luck with the condom design competition?- alex4346
This is a sensitive topic. The idea was that men don't like the current design so perhaps something they would be more open to would allow for less HIV transmission. We still haven't gotten the results. One grantee is using carbon nanotubes to reduce the thickness
What is your most expensive guilty pleasure purchase?- Danjorgo
Owning a plane is a guilty pleasure. Warren Buffett called his the Indefensible. I do get to a lot of places for Foundation work I wouldn't be able to go to without it.
How do you feel about the NSA and its oversight of computer usage? - KipperTheCat
This is a complex issue. Privacy will be increasingly important as cameras and GPS sensors are gathering information to try and be helpful. We need to have trust in the way information is protected and gathered. There is a role for the government to try and stop crime and terrorism but it will have to be more open. I do think terrorism with biological or nuclear weapons is something we want to minimize the chance of.
Hi Bill! What is your favorite project you have ever worked on at Microsoft? - pcs199
The Windows project which required a lot of patience was great. Office was also great. Together they defined the big success of the 1990s for Microsoft. Office connected to the cloud has a LOT of potential and we are off to a good start. Cloud Storage needs to be a lot richer though.
Hey Bill, have you made any plans to artificially prolong your life?- darung
No I don't. Other people think about that but I wouldn't want to extend my last few years unless that is happening for most people.
Eventually Bill Gates had a question as well:
I tried to answer as many questions as I could, but I’ve got to go. I do have one question for you: How can we help more people understand that foreign aid isn’t 25% or even 10% of the U.S. federal budget, but less than 1%?
It was answered very well by Artvandelay1:
Put it in a Superbowl advertisement where the American National Anthem is being sung in Spanish and two men hold hands. Then people will notice.