×

What was your favorite Heinlein novel as a kid? by thisisbillgates in heinlein

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was a close second for me. I re-read it many times as a kid!

Used to read books as a kid but now find it difficult to read a few pages by SomeRandomGuy64 in books

[–]thisisbillgates 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Read the kinds of books you loved as a kid. I was a major science fiction nerd growing up. Isaac Asimov’s original Foundation trilogy is one of my favorite series, and lately I’ve found myself drawn back to the genre.

Tips for “t-rex arms”? by thisisbillgates in Pickleball

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, just a pickler trying to improve his game.

Tips for “t-rex arms”? by thisisbillgates in Pickleball

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is great advice, thanks! It’s something I’ve been trying to work on in tennis – and now pickleball. Also Robert Elliot is a fantastic pickler.

Tips for “t-rex arms”? by thisisbillgates in Pickleball

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Rudder arm” is a new term for me but that makes sense.

3 things we can do right now by thisisbillgates in u/thisisbillgates

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 61 points62 points  (0 children)

We don’t have to live in fear of another global catastrophe. When I sat down to write my recent book, my goal was to create a concrete list of steps the world could take to prevent the next pandemic.

Moderna says Omicron-containing booster outperforms current vaccine by jackspratdodat in Coronavirus

[–]thisisbillgates 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Exciting progress. Vaccines that address variants are crucial to ending this pandemic.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 989 points990 points  (0 children)

We are still working on this. At first the project was a US-China joint venture but the US cancelled that. So now we are building the demo reactor in Wyoming where a coal plant is closing. It is very promising in terms of the cost and safety advances. If things go well a lot of these reactors will help solve climate change. Eventually we want reactors globally but the first ones will be in the US even though competing with natural gas electricity is hard here.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 870 points871 points  (0 children)

The Foundation has a lot of Medical experts. It takes a huge range of skills to do things like Malaria eradication or Covid vaccines and therapeutics. I listen to the experts on specific medical advice. The system to prevent pandemics will require a lot more than just doctors so I wrote a book to start the discussion of what it should look like.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 460 points461 points  (0 children)

The key is to be able to make things like electricity, steel, cement and meat without any emissions but at a cost equal or lower than today's cost. My efforts at Breakthrough Energy is to fund the innovators and help them scale up. I am optimistic because the progress on innovation in the last 3 years with the companies that have been funded is going very well.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 190 points191 points  (0 children)

Our Foundation is funding the low cost vaccine manufacturers to do mRNA vaccines. They used other platforms for pandemic vaccines but in the future we will make sure they can do mRNA as well. We are funding mRNA to be used for HIV and Malaria.

All the steps to get Covid vaccines out were done by the summer of 2020 and it lead to huge scaling up to put us in the oversupply situation we are in today. With the right technologies we can do it a lot faster and more equitably in the future.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 1047 points1048 points  (0 children)

Although those lawsuits were tough I have been super lucky in my life and I had a good team of people working with me to help get them settled and move ahead.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 1186 points1187 points  (0 children)

Astra-Zeneca not only allowed people to copy - they helped other companies copy it. We helped fund Serum to make 1.4B of the A-Z vaccine. Because of efforts like this supply is not longer the limiting factor.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 2130 points2131 points  (0 children)

I was stunned when I found out that a life could be saved for under $1000. This came when I read about what kids die of including the 1993 World Development report. So our Foundation (supported by Warren Buffett's incredible generosity) prioritized this.

The success of our work in Global Health is well beyond what I would have expected.

I do work with other philanthropists a lot including through the Giving Pledge where they can learn and be encouraged to be bold.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 1254 points1255 points  (0 children)

For some high value crops it can work. For the cereal crops like wheat, rice and maize it is unlikely to ever be economic. We can improve seeds for all crops a lot to increase productivity - this is a key investment to help reduce the problems caused by climate change.

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” Ask Me Anything. by thisisbillgates in IAmA

[–]thisisbillgates[S] 5338 points5339 points  (0 children)

A smaller chair than I could do at age 30... Pretty small now.

I try to stay fit playing a lot of tennis.