Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just had one of those days that we all have from time to time. He officially became the second richest human on the planet, and he shut down a business that was founded by one of his bitter rivals.
Tech titans like SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook, and IBM’s Gini Rometty have all met with President Trump during his first two months in office. But it was always under a cloud of suspicion about the true motives of tech’s biggest names. We now have a hint about Phase II of Operation Tech Oligarchy.
Harvard just announced that Facebook founder and aspiring politician Mark Zuckerberg will deliver this year’s commencement address. As part of the deal, the university will give Zuckerberg an honorary degree and an honorary doctoral gown. This, despite the fact that Zuck dropped out of Harvard College in his sophomore…
Bill Gates made a parody Christmas-themed David S. Pumpkins video in order to promote his Reddit Ask Me Anything on Monday. While the previous sentence is straight out of a piece of dystopian fiction, it’s real, and now I want to die.
CRISPR and other powerful new biotechnologies have made science that was once constrained to fancy high-end labs increasingly accessible. This is, of course, mostly a good thing. But it also means that those with nefarious intentions have easier access to the same technologies, too.
Over the past two decades, HIV has gone from a lethal diagnosis to a manageable condition. And yet, the virus continues to spread as some 1.9 million new people are infected each year. HIV is no longer always the fatal disease it once was, but catching it is still common. An implant that offers to do for HIV what the…
A few days ago, user Aerrix posted on Reddit that she had won Secret Santa. That’s because she had taken part in Reddit’s annual gift exchange, and instead of receiving a nice holiday gift from just any old stranger on the Internet, she got a package in the mail from the richest person in the world: Bill Gates.
Bill Gates recently had a phone call with President-elect Donald Trump. And Gates was impressed. He even compared Trump to John F. Kennedy, explaining that JFK got the country to support the Apollo space program. According to Gates, Trump will get people excited about his initiatives. One of the many problems with…
This Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump will meet with—or “summon,” as it were—leaders from across the tech industry for a round-table chat. On paper, this appears to be a very sensible meeting. Silicon Valley nurtured a deliciously cozy relationship with the Obama administration, and it stands to reason that it…
Personal relationships are always tricky, but they’re even trickier when they revolve around running a business worth billions of dollars. Just ask Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates!
Bolivia has rejected an “offensive” donation of 100,000 chickens from Bill Gates, saying the billionaire philanthropist should apologize for not knowing that Bolivia already has enough poultry.
Bill Gates has come out in support of the FBI over its battle with Apple about unlocking an iPhone as part of the San Bernardino case.
Infectious diseases like polio and malaria might be gone in 15 years because the founder of Microsoft devoted a foundation to eradicating them. Now Bill Gates has turned his attention towards our global energy crisis, which he thinks can also be fixed with better R&D. And, yes, he’s going to fund it.
Here’s a shocking number that speaks to the USA’s love for meat (and pizza): we eat so much pepperoni per year that if you put the slices side-by-side, they could circle the Earth 50 times over. The fact bit comes from Bill Gates look at Vaclav Smil’s interesting book Should We Eat Meat?. That’s, uh, a lot.
Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of concern over the potential risks of artificial superintelligence. He shared his thoughts in a recent Reddit AMA, writing: "I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned." He has now added his name to an open letter…
Bill Gates has high hopes for digital currency as an important banking tool for the poor. But Bitcoin isn't one of those currencies, he said in a Reddit AMA today. At least not in its current form.
Water to wine? Yawn. The Janicki Omniprocessor turns human waste in sewer sludge into drinking water and electricity, in about five minutes. Here's how it works.
Bill Gates loves the Janicki Omniprocessor, an amazing machine that turns human waste into electricity and drinkable water. He saw it and he is extremely impressed. So impressed in fact that he drank from a glass of water that was human poop only five minutes earlier. "It's water," he said, obviously relieved.
There have been a lot of bad news this year. And a lot of good ones too. Sadly, many of the good ones never get the proper coverage they need and they get lost in the storm of crap that we have to suffer every day. Luckily, Bill Gates has highlighted the best five news of 2014 that you probably missed.