Bill Gatesfar from being known as the co-founder of Microsoft, has become one of those voices that always resonate when dealing with great global issues such as technological evolution, climate change, the advancement of global health or the fight against global poverty.
One more year, Gates wanted to put these forecasts in writing on his blogemphasizing that he has an optimistic stance on the impact of artificial intelligence or the “new direction” that for him the debate on climate change has taken, but not so much on how efforts can advance in developing countries or the uncertainty which opens in the more than 60 countries that will hold elections in 2024.
AI will be “a boost for innovation”
Gates is a firm believer in the power of innovation, and sees artificial intelligence as a key tool to drive progress in various areas. In his words, “AI is about to accelerate the pace of new discoveries to a level we have never seen before.” He credits AI with revolutionizing medicine, accelerating drug discovery and improving medical diagnosis.
However, it also emphasizes the importance of this technology being used to address problems equitablyespecially in low-income countries.
Gates notes that AI can play a critical role in fighting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. He highlights the work of the Aurum Institute in Ghana, which is using AI tools to help healthcare workers prescribe antibiotics safely and effectively, andpreventing antimicrobial resistance. In addition, it highlights the potential of AI in personalized educationprenatal medical care and improving access to medical information.
“If we make smart investments now, AI can make the world a more equitable place, reducing or even eliminating the time lag between when the rich world gets an innovation and when the poor world does,” says Bill Gates.
The fight against child poverty and disease
Child poverty and disease are two interconnected challenges that Gates has addressed through his foundation, the Gates Foundation, with several projects. Recognizes that malnutrition is one of the greatest health inequities in the world and has a devastating impact on the physical and mental development of children.
In this sense, Gates highlights the importance of investing in the development of the intestinal microbiome to prevent and treat malnutrition, as it plays a crucial role in the absorption of nutrients and the healthy growth of children.
“Malnutrition is the biggest health inequity in the world. “If you don’t get enough nutrition during the first two years of life, you don’t develop properly, both physically and mentally,” he maintains.
It proposes that by using probiotics, such as B. infantis, the intestinal microbiome can be improved and malnutrition prevented. These probiotics can be added to breast milk and help children reach their full growth potential. Gates is optimistic about the results of ongoing clinical trials and hopes that this intervention can make a big difference in the fight against child poverty and malnutrition.
A “new era” in the fight against Climate Change closer to nuclear energy
Bill Gates highlights a significant shift in the global climate conversation. Following the recent Conference of the Parties (COP28 in Dubai)believes the discussion around mitigation and clean energy has expanded, transcending the previous focus on wind and solar energy to include other sectors with significant emissions such as agriculture and manufacturing.
Gates, who has previously written about his own efforts to reduce and offset his emissions, underscores the importance for leaders to consider a green energy future that harnesses diverse sources.
In this context, nuclear energy, which Gates defends, is the one he is most committed to. Gates cites that “nuclear power is the only carbon-free energy source that can reliably deliver power day and night.”in every season and almost anywhere on Earth, and which has been proven to work on a large scale.”
Referring to TerraPower, the company he founded in 2008, Gates shows optimism about the company’s innovative approach. Highlights include a visit to the future site of TerraPower’s first plant in Kemmerer, Wyoming, which, potentially opening in 2030, is intended to be the most advanced nuclear facility in the world, promising to be safer and generate less waste than conventional reactors. .
Elections in more than 60 countries: a decisive moment for the future
Gates also highlights the importance of the elections that will take place in more than 60 countries in 2024. It recognizes that these elections will have a significant impact on the future of the world and the direction that governments will take on crucial issues such as health, climate change and equity.
It highlights the need to elect leaders who understand the importance of investing in human development and who are committed to improving the living conditions of people around the world.
“More and more people are seeing and experiencing extreme weather events around the world. I hope this intensity will prompt us to invest more in innovations that help those most affected by climate change,” says Gates.