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It's amazing how little the typical classroom has changed over the years. Software has only achieved a very small portion of what we want it to do and even what we need it to do. A lot of the issue is helping kids stay engaged. If they don't feel the material is relevant or they don't have a sense of their own ability they can check out too easily. The technology has not done enough to help with this yet.feedback
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Jun 07 2017

But the domain of trying to understand how the world works and what was going on, we both found each other's way of looking at that so fascinating that they had to tear us apart, and we became good old friends as of that day.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Microsoft

Building Microsoft was incredibly fun, and because we were right about software we had the wind at our back. When I got into philanthropy, the idea of could I do it twice, in an area where the feedback isn't quite as obvious of what you're doing right and wrong – now I can say that we've got this organization that's so much fun to be part of so it's not only a great organization it's got these metrics that, at least on some of them, we've exceeded our own expectations. How do we get out of here?feedback

Jun 06 2017

Reading books is my favorite way to learn about a new topic. I've been reading about a book a week on average since I was a kid. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out a lot of time for reading.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Microsoft

If a human worker does $50,000 of work in a factory, that income is taxed. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you'd think we'd tax the robot at a similar level.feedback

May 23 2017

Warren Buffett has always said the measure is whether the people close to you are happy and love you.feedback

May 19 2017

It doesn't mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved, and you're moved to act on that belief.feedback

May 19 2017 - World Happiness report

We have only begun to tap into all the ways it will make people's lives more productive and creative. Making it clean, affordable, and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty and climate change. When you tell people the world is improving, they often look at you like you're either naive or crazy. But it's true. And once you understand it, you start to see the world differently. If you think things are getting better, then you want to know what's working, so you can accelerate the progress and spread it to more people and places.feedback

May 19 2017

Oh that is the best part, they actually give you a degree!feedback

May 17 2017 - Artificial Intelligence

When I left school, I knew little about the world's worst inequities. Took me decades to learn.feedback

May 17 2017 - Amazon

Reading is my favorite way to learn about a new topic.feedback

May 16 2017 - Microsoft

As software has become ever more complex, interdependent and interconnected, our reputation as a company has in turn become more vulnerable. Flaws in a single Microsoft product, service or policy not only affect the quality of our platform and services overall, but also our customers' view of us as a company.feedback

May 15 2017 - Amazon

If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this – the most inspiring book I've ever read.feedback

May 15 2017 - Amazon

This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it.feedback

May 15 2017

I'm a dogged advocate for innovations that have brought us longer life spans, better nutrition and more freedom. But I'm also concerned about the things innovation can't always change, like how we look at justice and violence.feedback

May 05 2017

IBM became less of a technology company. It's really sad. It turns out, at least so far, Warren was wrong. Even with the enterprise customers, the cloud has not been saleable for them. I'm biased. IBM is a wonderful company but because I competed with them for many, many decades I have to say, I don't see their future as brightly as people who are long on the stock.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Nuclear weapons

Bioterrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic. All these advances in biology have made it far easier for a terrorist to recreate smallpox, which is a highly fatal pathogen, where there is essentially no immunity remaining at this point. When you are thinking about things that could cause in excess of 10 million deaths, even something tragic like a nuclear weapons incident wouldn't get to that level. So the greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or an intentionally caused infection bioterrorism events.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Measles outbreak 2017

Something that is human-to-human respiratory that is like a measles or a flu or smallpox, that you need just one person on the bus or plane or the airport and you get huge things. A health crisis somewhere is a health crisis everywhere. So the scariest thing is something like the 1919 flu which really spreads everywhere and because people are moving around more it's easier for it to spread than back in 1919. If 1919 came back we have no immunity to that strain.feedback

Apr 19 2017

A disease is more likely to become an epidemic when countries are unstable and have no functioning health system. We can't build a wall to hold back the next global epidemic.feedback

Apr 19 2017

The UK's foreign aid investments are, in fact, long term investments in the health and security of British citizens here at home.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Zika

Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this. We will have epidemics in the next 20 years far worse than the ebola epidemic, or the Zika epidemic and there is some chance it would be a form of flu.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Microsoft

We can't build a wall to hold back the next global epidemic. We need to combat it, and the underlying socioeconomic problems, at the source. That is what foreign aid does. As someone who puts $5 billion a year toward development aid, I have a strong interest in making sure that money is well spent. This is especially true because half of that $5 billion comes from Warren Buffet, who hates wasting money even more than I do.feedback

Apr 19 2017

The big aid givers now are the US, Britain and Germany – those are the three biggest and if those three back off, a lot of the ambitious things going on with malaria, agriculture and reproductive health simply would not get done. Through my travels I have been a personal witness to how much DFID had achieved. The UK should be very proud it has got up to this generous level, and it is having an incredible impact.feedback

Apr 19 2017

It is a choice as the UK steps away from the EU, are you just getting away from the rule setting on migration and tariffs, or is it a statement about stepping away from the entire world, and being generous to others. So, will Mrs May recommit to the high impact the current level is providing?feedback

Apr 18 2017

Good progress, some of these diseases are on track to be done (eliminated) by 2020, some by 2025. Some will take longer than that.feedback

Apr 08 2017

Imagine if I told you that somewhere in this world, there's a weapon that exists – or that could emerge – capable of killing tens of thousands, or millions of people, bringing economies to a standstill and throwing nations into chaos. Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Warren Buffett has always said the measure is whether the people close to you are happy and love you. It is also nice to feel like you made a difference – inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.feedback

Apr 03 2017

Finding solutions is essential if we want to make the most of our caring. If we have clear and proven answers anytime an organization or individual asks, How can I help?,' then we can get action and we can make sure that none of the caring in the world is wasted. But complexity makes it hard to mark a path of action for everyone who cares, and that makes it hard for their caring to matter.feedback

Apr 03 2017

My mother, who was filled with pride the day I was admitted here, never stopped pressing me to do more for others. A few days before my wedding, she hosted a bridal event at which she read aloud a letter about marriage that she had written to Melinda. My mother was very ill with cancer at the time, but she saw one more opportunity to deliver her message, and at the close of the letter she said, From those to whom much is given, much is expected.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Microsoft

Pam was a creative pioneer who defined new ways of doing P.R. that made a huge mark on Microsoft and the entire industry.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Because Xerox executives didn't think these [new] ideas fit their core business, they chose not to turn them into marketable products. Others stepped in and went to market with products based on the research that Xerox had done. I know I'm not alone in seeing this decision as a mistake on Xerox's part. Most of our competitors were one-product wonders…. They would do their one product, but never get their engineering sorted out. They did not think about software in this broad way. They would therefore do one product, but would not renew it to get it to the next generation.feedback

Mar 10 2017

I can say this is the best nonfiction story I've read in a long time. This short book has so many layers of meaning and so many interesting juxtapositions.feedback

Mar 10 2017

I am certain I will read 'When Breath Becomes Air' again.feedback

Mar 08 2017

My mother, who was filled with pride the day I was admitted here, never stopped pressing me to do more for others. A few days before my wedding, she hosted a bridal event, at which she read aloud a letter about marriage that she had written to Melinda. My mother was very ill with cancer at the time, but she saw one more opportunity to deliver her message, and at the close of the letter she said, From those to whom much is given, much is expected.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - World Economic Forum

Oh, that is the best part! They actually give you a degree! I remember going to Davos some years back and sitting on a global health panel that was discussing ways to save millions of lives. Millions! Think of the thrill of saving just one person's life, then multiply that by millions. Yet this was the most boring panel I've ever been on, ever. So boring even I couldn't bear it.feedback

Mar 08 2017

Finding solutions is essential if we want to make the most of our caring. If we have clear and proven answers anytime an organization or individual asks 'How can I help?,' then we can get action and we can make sure that none of the caring in the world is wasted. But complexity makes it hard to mark a path of action for everyone who cares, and that makes it hard for their caring to matter.feedback

Mar 08 2017

You graduates are coming of age in an amazing time. As you leave Harvard, you have technology that members of my class never had. You have awareness of global inequity, which we did not have. And with that awareness, you likely also have an informed conscience that will torment you if you abandon these people whose lives you could change with very little effort.feedback

Mar 08 2017

Taking a serious look back … I do have one big regret. I left Harvard with no real awareness of the awful inequities in the world, the appalling disparities of health, and wealth and opportunity that condemn millions of people to lives of despair.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - Microsoft

Oh, that is the best part! They actually give you a degree!feedback

Mar 05 2017 - Microsoft

I met her at a New York City sales meeting. And then it was only a week or so after that, that I went up to her in the parking lot and asked if she wanted to go out.feedback

Mar 02 2017

It seems pretty egocentric while we still have malaria and TB [affecting impoverished communities] for rich people to fund things so they can live longer.feedback

Mar 01 2017

I hope his administration will decide that funding R&D to invent the next generation of energy (clean, cheap, reliable) is a good deal for the U.S. and for the world. Climate change requires cooperation between countries over a period of decades but we don't have much time to waste.feedback

Feb 28 2017

Melinda is very creative about helping me find chances to spend time with the kids. Even just driving them to school is a great time to talk to them.feedback

Feb 28 2017

Although the Foundation work is super promising and will be the biggest thing over the decades ahead, I still think the chance to be part of the software revolution empowering people was the biggest thing I have gotten to do.feedback

Feb 28 2017

I just went on a trip with my 17-year-old son to see six colleges. He is a junior in high school and trying to figure out where he should go. Trips like that have been a great way to spend time together. For example, when I did college tours with my son, I wanted the focus to be totally on him. A lot less people recognize me when I have a hat on or else they realize I am trying to be incognito. It is also nice to feel like you made a difference – inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.feedback

Feb 28 2017 - Measles outbreak 2017

We went to Africa for a vacation to see the animals, but it was during this trip that we had our first encounter with deep poverty and it had a profound impact on us. It was a phenomenal trip. Not long after we returned from this trip, Melinda and I read that millions of poor children in Africa were dying every year from diseases that nobody dies from in the U.S: measles, hepatitis B, yellow fever. Rotavirus, a disease I had never even heard of, was killing half a million kids each year.feedback

Feb 28 2017

We thought if millions of children were dying, there would be a massive worldwide effort to save them. But we were wrong.feedback

Feb 28 2017

I would explain that smartness is not single-dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then. I think having parents and teachers reinforce your curiosity and explain what they are fascinated with makes a big difference. A lot of people lose their curiosity as they get older, which is a shame. One thing that helps nowadays is that if you get confused about something it is easier than ever to find an article or video to make things clear. I would say you might explore the developing world before you get into your forties.feedback

Feb 28 2017

I wasn't very good socially back then but I am not sure there is advice that would fix that – maybe I had to be awkward and just grow up.feedback

Feb 27 2017

People want success, they want education that works, they want health care that works, and so, to the degree that certain solutions are created not based on facts, I believe these won't be as successful as those that are based on facts. Democracy is a self-correcting thing.feedback

Feb 27 2017

Overall like Warren Buffett I am optimistic about the long run. I am concerned in the short run that the huge benefits of how the US works with other countries may get lost. This includes the aid we give to Africa to help countries there get out of the poverty trap.feedback

Feb 27 2017

I felt sure that allowing anyone to publish information and making it easy to find would enhance democracy and the overall quality of political debate.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - American politics

However the partitioning you talk about which started on cable TV and might be even stronger in the digital world is a concern. We all need to think about how to avoid this problem. It would seem strange to have to force people to look at ideas they disagree with so that probably isn't the solution. We don't want to get to where American politics partitions people into isolated groups. I am interested in anyones [sic] suggestion on how we avoid this.feedback

Feb 23 2017

It's part of falling asleep.feedback

Feb 21 2017

It isn't just the local city newspaper guy who gets to write the stories. At least we have a system that when people want to find things, it's easier than ever. If they want to publish things, it's easier than ever.feedback

Feb 21 2017

It's super important. It's turned out to be more of a problem than I, or many others, would have expected.feedback

Feb 21 2017

One thing that's new that is a little concerning is people seeking out things that are really not giving them the facts, and then staying in there. They're playing to a narrow worldview–that is a concern.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - McDonald's

Remember the laugh we had when we traveled together to Hong Kong and decided to get lunch at McDonald's? You offered to pay, dug into your pocket, and pulled out … coupons!feedback

Feb 17 2017 - Microsoft

If a human worker does $50,000 of work in a factory, that income is taxed. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you'd think we'd tax the robot at a similar level. What the world wants is to take this opportunity to make all the goods and services we have today and free up labor – let us do a better job of reaching out to the elderly, having smaller class side, helping kids with special needs. All of those are things where human empathy and understanding are still very unique, and we still deal with an immense shortage of people to help out there.feedback

Feb 14 2017

It won't surprise you to know that we're more optimistic than ever.feedback

Feb 14 2017

Ten years ago, when we first got word of your gift to the Foundation, we were speechless. It was the biggest single gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything.feedback

Feb 14 2017

The budget is particularly tight, people are talking about increasing defense (spending), lowering taxes, interest costs will be higher. So when you look at it mathematically you say, Will the saving of millions of lives for less than $100 a year of drugs, will the U.S. continue to do that?' It's not clear where we're headed.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - Microsoft

A problem of excess really forces us to look at the individuals affected and take those extra resources and make sure they are directed to them in terms of re-education and income policies.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - Microsoft

The macro picture that it enables is an opportunity.feedback

Feb 02 2017

This is a phenomenal time to be a curious person. The information that is out there! My biggest problem is that I stay up too late because I am reading and then I am a little bit tired the next day.feedback

Jan 27 2017 - Artificial Intelligence

The work in artificial intelligence today is at a really profound level. It is going to be phenomenal, so anything connected with that I think would be an exciting lifetime career.feedback

Jan 22 2017

She pulled me out of my shell by sharing her love of books. I learned from Mrs. Caffiere that my teachers had so much more knowledge to share. I just needed to ask. Up through high school and beyond, I would often ask my teachers about the books they liked, read those books when I had some free time, and offer my thoughts.feedback

Jan 19 2017

It's very hard to rate the probability of bioterrorism but the potential damage is very huge. I'm hoping over the next few years there's some substantial investments.feedback

Jan 18 2017

Without investments in research and development, we will remain unequipped when we face the next threat. The ability to rapidly develop and deliver vaccines when new unknown diseases emerge offers our best hope to outpace outbreaks, save lives and avert disastrous economic consequences.feedback

Dec 30 2016

Hey, Mark. Can Jarvis secretly order a hamburger and have it delivered to the back door? Asking for a friend.feedback

Dec 30 2016

We're very close. Hopefully, the last case will be some time next year.feedback

Dec 30 2016

I do think we will have much better medical tools, much better response, but we are a bit vulnerable right now if something that spreads very quickly like say flu.feedback

Dec 24 2016

Which people are you going to back? Do their roles fit their abilities? Do they have both the IQ and EQ to succeed.feedback

Dec 24 2016

Warren is famous for this approach at Berkshire Hathaway, where he buys great businesses run by wonderful managers and then gets out of the way.feedback

Dec 24 2016

John Brooks' work is really about human nature, which is why it has stood the test of time. There's an essential human factor in every business endeavor. It doesn't matter if you have a perfect product, production plan and marketing pitch; you'll still need the right people to lead and implement those plans.feedback

Dec 22 2016 - Microsoft

I do think of basic knowledge of the sciences, math skills, economics – a lot of careers in the future will be very demanding on those things.feedback

Dec 21 2016

When I was in my 20's and early 30's, I was fanatical about software. By 'fanatical,' I mean that I was so focused on my vision of putting a computer on every desk and in every home, that I gave up a normal existence.feedback

Dec 21 2016

What I appreciate most about his teaching style is how he is able to explain complex ideas in ways that are accessible to anyone.feedback

Dec 21 2016

Nandan and I share a common optimism about the potential of the digital revolution in India to improve lives through access to savings accounts, health records, and education.feedback

Dec 21 2016

His life should be an inspiration to all of us.feedback

Dec 21 2016 - Human Rights

Nate is a great example of what it takes to be an effective teacher. He works hard at his craft, always searching for ways to make a subject relevant for his students.feedback

Dec 21 2016

Unlike a lot of today's business writers, Brooks didn't boil his work down into pat how-to lessons or simplistic explanations for success (How many times have you read that some company is taking off because they give their employees free lunch?). You won't find any listicles in his work. Brooks wrote long articles that frame an issue, explore it in depth, introduce a few compelling characters, and show how things went for them.feedback

Dec 21 2016

Brooks's deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.feedback

Dec 13 2016 - Microsoft

We had a good conversation about innovation, how it can help in health, education, impact of foreign aide and energy.feedback

Dec 13 2016

We are long-term oriented and don't think that we understand the macroeconomics enough that we are making bets that are specific to that piece.feedback

Dec 13 2016

Of course, my whole career has been along those lines. And he was interested in listening to that. And I'm sure there will be further conversation.feedback

Dec 13 2016

Right now, the peso has been very weak. So it will be interesting to see as the U.S.-Mexico relations get developed under this [Trump] administration is that oversold?feedback

Dec 05 2016

Brown shows that the leaders who make the biggest contributions to history and humanity generally are not the ones we perceive to be 'strong leaders.' Instead, they tend to be the ones who collaborate, delegate, and negotiate – and recognize that no one person can or should have all the answers.feedback

Dec 05 2016

I don't think Knight sets out to teach the reader anything. Instead, he accomplishes something better. He tells his story as honestly as he can. It's an amazing tale.feedback

Dec 05 2016

This year's fierce election battle prompted me to pick up this 2014 book, by an Oxford University scholar who has studied political leadership – good, bad, and ugly – for more than 50 years.feedback

Dec 05 2016

I've been reading about a book a week on average since I was a kid. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out a lot of time for reading.feedback

Dec 05 2016

Part of the reason I find this topic fascinating is because my first job, in high school, was writing software for the entity that controls the power grid in the Northwest. But even if you have never given a moment's thought to how electricity reaches your outlets, I think this book would convince you that the electrical grid is one of the greatest engineering wonders of the modern world.feedback

Dec 05 2016

Here, as in his other brilliant works, Wallace found mind-blowing ways of bending language like a metal spoon.feedback

Dec 05 2016

Mukherjee wrote this book for a lay audience, because he knows that the new genome technologies are at the cusp of affecting us all in profound ways.feedback

Nov 03 2016

John Brooks is still my favorite business writer.feedback

Oct 25 2016 - Microsoft

Melinda and I are pleased to make this investment in the University of Washington to help dramatically accelerate their 25-year vision to achieve positive health outcomes for populations around the world.feedback

Jul 21 2016

Our big priority is health and there is still a lot to be done. The child mortality rate came down from 1990 to the present - it was cut in half, which is fantastic. But that still leaves far too many children dying.feedback

Jun 08 2016

He aimed to boost household chicken ownership in places such as West Africa, where it is now 5 percent, to 30 percent.feedback

Jun 08 2016

The numbers today in terms of Americans who give to Heifer or things like that is actually quite small, so we'd like to see that scaled up.feedback

Jun 08 2016

The parable could have been stated in terms of giving somebody a chicken and showing them how to raise chickens.feedback

Mar 09 2016 - Wiretapping

I think there needs to be a discussion about when the government should be able to gather information. What if we had never had wiretapping? Also the government needs to talk openly about safeguards.feedback

Feb 23 2016

This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case.feedback

Feb 23 2016

Who are the innovators? It's this next young generation and it's not going to happen overnight, it's only through their commitment that we'll see by 2050 the kind of dramatic change that we need to see.feedback

Feb 23 2016

There's a couple of things the foundation has invested in for a long time, one is how you either change mosquitoes not to carry viruses or how you change mosquitoes so their populations go down dramatically. Those are technologies that we were working on to get rid of dengue and malaria.feedback

Dec 01 2015

The increased governmental research and private investment are to address climate change and to reduce the cost of energy, to reduce poverty. We need to move to sources of energy that are even cheaper than the hydrocarbon energy we use today. We need it to be not only clean, but also reliable.feedback

Dec 01 2015

There are dozens of things like that that are high risk but huge impact if they are successful.feedback

Nov 15 2013

Well, Germany has always been very generous in helping with aid issues, they have been a partner, Can we all be more generous, can we be more effective? Talking about the various projects it's great to come here, I got a chance to meet with the chancellor, the science minister, the finance minister, a lot of key partners.feedback

Jun 16 2006 - Microsoft

Thirty years ago Microsoft was just an idea that Paul Allen and I had; and it's amazing to think what that idea has transformed into – not just in terms of the company and the great people there – but the impact that it's had: the personal computer is the tool of communications and creativity.feedback

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