How much do you know about Bill Gates? Of course, you know about him because of Microsoft, and you know he is extremely wealthy, but do you know about his sarcastic streak? Well, at least Mark Zuckerberg does.
This week, Bill Gates shot down young Mark Zuckerberg’s show of billionaire philanthropic swagger and said that Zuck’s attempts to make humankind better by giving everyone internet connectivity should be at the bottom of the list of things humanity actually needs.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, called his project to get everybody on earth online “one of the most important things we all do in our lifetimes” (his words), but Bill Gates has a second opinion.
Bill Gates says, “As a priority? It's a joke. I certainly love the IT thing. But when we want to improve lives, you've got to deal with more basic things like child survival, child nutrition.
Take this malaria vaccine, [this] weird thing that I'm thinking of. Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that's great. I don't.”
Mind you, this is not the first time the King of Charity has shot down the idea of Internet Connectivity for the World as being the most needful thing. He has had a suitcase of sarcasm for Google when it brought up the idea of giving everyone internet by floating hundreds of weather balloons fitted with solar-powered radios. “When you're dying of malaria, I suppose you'll look up and see that balloon, and I'm not sure how it'll help you. When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there's no website that relieves that,” he said.
Basically, Bill Gates is saying on the scale of preference, cure for diseases beats worldwide internet connectivity.