To fund the purchase of life-saving vaccines or to invest your fortune in getting humanity to Mars? According to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the answer is not misunderstood: prefers to use his money helping develop immunizersinstead of going into space.

The comment was made in an interview. BBC, Thursday (2), after host Amol Rajan quoted other tech magnates investing in the space industry. Among them are SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his space tourism company, with plans to colonize the Red Planet.

“Going to Mars is actually very expensive. You can buy measles vaccines for US$1,000 and save lives,” said Bill Gates, referring to the equivalent of R$5,100 at current prices for each life saved with the vaccine. For him, that’s enough to put space travel aside.

It should be noted that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founded by the billionaire and his ex-wife, Billions of dollars allocated for vaccine research, development and distribution to poor countries. The fact that the businessman is also a huge vaccine lover against covid-19 has led to his name being included in some conspiracy theories.

Future philanthropist?

The philanthropic work carried out by the former leader of the Redmond giant was another topic mentioned in the conversation. When asked whether he believes Elon Musk will follow a similar path, Gates replied, “Yes, I think he will be a great philanthropist one day.”

At another point, the interviewer also talked about the success of tools like ChatGPT, which has received heavy investments from artificial intelligence and Microsoft. In this context, he declared that technology would transform humanity in a very “dramatic” way, helping to improve medical and scientific issues.

Source: Tec Mundo

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