Bill Gates ‘Will Look Into’ New Age of Empires

Bill Gates is known for a lot of things from his ability to keep track of employees by their license plates to his recent investments in green energy. What would you expect then when the man takes to Reddit for an ama (ask me anything) thread? It would seem that someone had an idea and decided to ask about a new Age Of Empires.

The original question was asked by le-click and read:

Mr. Gates, can we please have another Age of Empires? Not sure if this is your department, but I figured I’d ask since you were here…

Thanks!

A simple question for a man who doesn’t really have that big a part in the everyday running of Microsoft. To people’s surprise, the question was answered by the man himself:

I will look into this. How many empires do you need?

While people on the internet are going crazy over the prospect that this could potentially mean a new Age of Empires game, possibly even taking the game back to its hay day of Age of Empires 2 (a series so good people are still playing it and using it as a baseline for strategy games), they may need to hold off on the enthusiasm.

When ThatNintendoFan commented saying about making it the top question on Reddit, Bill Gates reply was clear:

I think you did – sorry I can’t deliver an Empire (or an Age) easily.

So there you have it, we might have had another Age of Empires but Bill Gates decided to troll with our feelings. Now if you don’t mind me I feel like I need to start up the game and take my anger out on several AI opponents.

Bill Gates “Disappointed” by Reports He Supports FBI over Apple

Yesterday, Bill Gates weighed in on the current feud between Apple and the FBI over the decryption of an iPhone belonging to a mass shooting suspect, during which he reportedly came out in support of the FBI, asserting that Apple should comply with the order to unlock the phone, something the company has so far refused to do. However, in a fresh interview with Bloomberg <GO>, Gates revealed that he was “disappointed” to see his statements taken out of context.

“I was disappointed ’cause that doesn’t state my view on this,” Gates told Bloomberg.

While Gates believes that his view was skewed by the media to appear more binary than it really is, the Microsoft founder did add that it doesn’t mean he supports Apple’s stance.

“It is no different than […] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information […] should anybody be able to get at bank records,” he said. “There’s no difference between information.”

“I do believe there are sets of safeguards where the government shouldn’t have to be completely blind,” Gates added. “But striking that balance — clearly the government has taken information historically and used it in ways we didn’t expect, going all the way back to say the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.”

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Bill Gates Predicts an “Energy Miracle” That Will Change the World

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has predicted that an “energy miracle” is coming, and that it will change the world forever. Gates, in the 2016 draft of the letter he and his wife write every year, explains that, by “miracle,” he means “The personal computer. The Internet. The polio vaccine. None of them happened by chance. They are the result of research and development and the human capacity to innovate.”

In a subsequent interview with Tech Insider, Gates clarified his comments further, saying, “When I say “miracle” I mean a kind of thing like a computer on a chip, or the internet, or the cellphone, that are really quite miraculous. Most people would not have predicted them, and their effect has been very, very dramatic. In medicine, we’ve had a lot of miracles, and I think all of us expect and count on more.”

“In the next 30 years, I really do think cancer will largely be a solved problem. I think most of the infectious diseases like malaria — our foundation is very involved — once we’re finishing polio eradication, then starting up this malaria eradication, and getting that done as fast as we can,” he added.

Gates believes that persuading the ruling classes to initiate this change is vital. “Governments have a big role to play in sparking new advances, as they have for other scientific research,” he writes. “U.S. government funding was behind breakthrough cancer treatments and the moon landing. If you’re reading this online, you have the government to thank for that too. Research paid for by the U.S. government helped create the Internet.”

Bill Gates Thinks Apple Should Unlock Their iPhone

Apple is currently involved in a heated legal battle with the FBI. The FBI want access to an iPhone, but Apple refused to unlock the phone over concerns that bypassing their own security measures would set a dangerous precedent for information security. Some big names have stepped into the ring, with people like John McAffee offering to hack the iPhone and the White house saying that the request doesn’t amount to a “backdoor”. The next big name to step into the arena is Bill Gates, taking the side of the FBI, not Apple.

In an interview with the financial times, Gates stated that one of the reasons he’s supporting the FBI is because “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”.

This doesn’t mean it’s clear-cut support, with Gates continuing by saying “I hope that we have that debate so that the safeguards are built”. So while Gates believes that Apple should help the FBI in this case, there should be clear-cut rules on when the government can gain access to information and at who can say the information should be accessed.

AI Could Make Half the World Unemployed Within 30 Years

A computational engineer has warned that artificial intelligence could leave half the world unemployed within 30 years, and that he fears for the psyche of the human race, asking, “what can humans do when machines can do almost everything?”

“We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” Moshe Vardi, a professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas, told attendees of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference, The Guardian reports. “I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”

Eminent figures in science and technology, including Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, have expressed their fear over the rise of artificial intelligence. Musk has called AI “our biggest existential threat”.

“I do not find this a promising future, as I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing,” Vardi added. “I believe that work is essential to human wellbeing.”

Vardi predicts that AI will only exacerbate the global economic downturn, and that few human professions will be immune. “Are you going to bet against sex robots? I would not,” he pondered.

Bill Gates Used to Memorise the Number Plates of All His Employees

All the way from school to work we are expected to give a hundred percent. Teachers take attendance in our lessons and in an interview with the BBC, Bill Gates revealed he also took attendance of his employees, by knowing their number plates.

Getting Microsoft to where it is as one of the leading technology companies in the world took a ruthless attitude and Gates is said to have had that mindset and then some. In his interview Gates stated that he “worked weekends” and “didn’t really believe in vacations”. Gates even went so far as to know “everybody’s licence plates so I could look out the parking lot and see, you know, when people come in”. This behaviour became more and more relaxed when the company got to a “reasonable size”, you can imagine trying to remember several hundred number plates just to see if Bob from accounting was in on a Saturday to finish up the paperwork.

Gates stated that he had to be careful that the same standards he gave himself weren’t forced upon his employers, a noble act when you consider how much the company grew and grew, in part, due to their hard work and commitment.

Gates also defines himself as aggressive in business, but only in the context that having “super-low prices are ruthless”. He carried on to say “it’s hard to compete with somebody who’s betting on the volume and saying ‘hey, we’re going to have… these super-low prices’. That’s very intimidating…”.

It’s always interesting to see how people who founded large companies act, and with Gates once again being the richest man alive, there really is very few you can compare on the same level. Not sure I could ever remember everyone’s number plates, without a little notepad or excel spreadsheet, just to keep track of who’s in work on time.

Bill Gates is the Richest Person in the World Again!

There are many names these days which we can associate wealth with. They use it for various reasons, such as Mark Zuckerburg donating it to charity. One of the biggest names in the technological world is Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft. Seems like that company is still going strong as Gates is named as the richest person alive.

Gates is recorded to have a net worth, that is the total value of everything he owns, of around $87.4 billion. This was calculated by Wealth-X who provided Business insider with their figures from the start of 2016.

Let’s put that in perspective. Second place went to Amancio Ortega, the founder chairman of Inditex, who has a net wealth of $66.8 billion, $26 billion less than Gates. If you were looking at buying the new Titan X that released in March 2015 at $999, you could buy 28 million of them (with change) from the difference alone.

Mark Zuckerburg appears on the list with a net worth of $42.8 billion, just under half of Gate’s estimated worth.

With the top 50 starting at just $14.3 billion even winning the lottery won’t put you near it. While having so much money, Gates is known to give a lot to charity and support projects like the Hour of Code initiative, so you can be sure that the money is being used to support others as well.

Bill Gates Mansion Has Some Secrets!

We all know Bill Gates has a whopping amount of money. He’s the owner of Microsoft, several hotel chains, and Corbis. Well, he also has several stunning properties. His home in Washington is worth a phenomenal $154 million. That’s approximately 1000 average British houses. However, he only paid $2 million back in the golden days of 1988. It is also said that he pays approximately $1 million in property tax per yer. Not a lot for Mr Gates though is it?

Sensors, sensors everywhere!

On arrival at the Gates household, you’ll be handed a little pin. This pin interacts with sensors built into the house, in turn, it then tracks your movement throughout the entire complex. As a result of the pin and sensors, the house then automatically adjusts temperature and lighting to ensure comfort throughout. He also has hidden speakers in all the rooms so music can follow you wherever you go.

Oooh, nice pictures Bill

Many of the paintings in the house are digital, he has roughly $80,000 dollars of displays that then connect back to a $150,000 server farm. The server farm then has a nearly unlimited supply of artwork for you to switch to.

Bounce Bill bounce, the trampoline room

The house has its own exercise facilities. The main room has a trampoline in and a 20ft high roof space for you to bounce around in. The facilities are 2500 square feet and contain a sauna, steam room, and separate men/women’s locker rooms.

Hosting a party? The reception hall

If the family wants to hold a party, Bill has a 2300 feet square reception hall. It can seat 150 people at a dinner party or 200 at a cocktail party. One wall has a 6 feet wide fireplace whilst the other is home to a whopping 22 feet wide video screen. Perfect for chilling and looking at cat pictures!

Fancy a read? The library is massive

Bill Gates paid $30.8-million for the 16th Century Codex Leicester manuscript, so it does not come as a surprise that he also has a 2,100-square-foot library, complete with a dome roof and two secret bookcases. On the ceiling, he has a quote from “The Great Gatsby”. “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.” I wonder if the blue reminds him of the windows XP taskbar, we will never know.

More of a film fan? Bill has it covered

In his 20 person movie theater. It has an Art-Deco theme, humongous chairs and much more. The screen itself is huge, however, we’re not allowed to know the true size. There is even a snack bar just for the theater.

The Car garage

Across the residence, there are several garages that amount to having room for 23 vehicles. One of which is designed to look like the Batcave. Rather cool I say – not bad for a 60-year-old!

Thank you to Wikipedia, techeblog and buisnessinsider.com for providing us with these images.

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Invest in Clean Energy Technology

New ideas for saving the environment come from the founders of Facebook and Microsoft who are teaming up to solve climate change. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, along with Bill Gates, have announced today that they have launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. The main goal is to invest in zero-carbon energy technology around the world. Some of the most prolific names in technology, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, and Masayoshi Son are also included in the team.

At the U.S Climate Control Conference event, which is taking place in Paris this week, Gates and U.S President Barack Obama are expected to unveil a new initiative called Mission Innovation. Over the next five years, this organization will work with governments to double public investment in energy research. Nineteen countries have already joined Mission Innovation, and according to the Washington Post, by 2020 these countries will increase their annual spending on clean-energy research and development to $20 billion.

The Coalition and Mission Innovation are separate programs, but they will work together in countries that desire the reduction of carbon emissions. With a flexible attitude toward investments and making Series A funding a priority (electricity generation, transportation, industrial use, energy system efficiency), we could definitely be expecting positive comebacks from the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.

Ray Kurzweil Claims Human Brain will Merge with Computers by 2030

The likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and Professor Stephen Hawking have been agitating over the last few months about humankind being subjugated, enslaved, or even wiped out by artificial intelligence, so it’s refreshing to get another perspective on the rise of the singularity. In a more positive spin on the potential relationship between humanity and computers, Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, thinks that we will be living in symbiotic harmony with computers, connecting our brains directly, to the cloud to form hybrid AIs, by the year 2030.

“In the 2030s we’re going to connect directly from the neocortex to the cloud,” Kurzweil, told the Exponential Finance conference in New York on 3rd June. “When I need a few thousand computers, I can access that wirelessly.”

“As you get to the late 2030s or 2040s, our thinking will be predominately non-biological and the non-biological part will ultimately be so intelligent and have such vast capacity it’ll be able to model, simulate and understand fully the biological part,” Kurzweil added. “We will be able to fully back up our brains.”

However, Kurzweil does concede that the prospect of artificial intelligence is a frightening one, acknowledging the concerns of his peers. He said, “I tend to be optimistic, but that doesn’t mean we should be lulled in to a lack of concern. I think this concern will die down as we see more and more positive benefits of artificial intelligence and gain more confidence that we can control it.”

Kurzweil has a history of futurism, making outlandish predictions that mostly come true. Back in 2010, he reviewed a series of 147 predictions he made in The Age of Spiritual Machines, his 1999 book. By his own assessment, 78% of his predictions were “entirely correct” while an additional 8% were deemed “essentially correct”.

Thank you CBC News for providing us with this information.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Donating Fortune to Charity

In a recent interview with FortuneApple CEO Tim Cook revealed that he will be donating his wealth. He currently is worth roughly $112 million, and the restricted stock he holds carries a value of roughly $665 million, and has already been making some donations quietly, but wants to start making bigger splashes. One possible way would be following suit with what Bill Gates did with his wife in starting an entire foundation that will manage his philanthropic endeavors. By being so open about it, Cook is acting differently than Steve Jobs before him. Jobs had gotten criticized for not being known to donate, but after he passed, his wife, Laurene Powell, revealed they had made many donations totaling in the tens of millions in an anonymous fashion.

Source: Engadget

Steve Wozniak Thinks Future of Artificial Intelligence “is Scary and Very Bad for People”

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has thrown his hat into the artificial intelligence scaremongering ring – along with Professor Stephen Hawking, father of Microsoft Bill Gates, and SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk – by claiming that the future of AI is “scary and very bad for people,” presumably because a computer could choose more evocative synonyms than “scary” and “bad” to describe the singularity’s threat to humanity.

“Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people,” Wozniak told the Australian Financial Review. “If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.”

Wozniak added, cranking up the hysteria, “Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on? I don’t know about that […] But when I got that thinking in my head about if I’m going to be treated in the future as a pet to these smart machines […] well I’m going to treat my own pet dog really nice.”

In an effort to appease any AIs that might have been listening – “Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” he claims – Wozniak welcomes our new AI overlords, à la Kent Brockman, saying, “I hope it does come, and we should pursue it because it is about scientific exploring. But in the end we just may have created the species that is above us.”

Wozniak’s recent apocalyptic alarmism marks a u-turn; he had previously dismissed Ray Kurtzweil’s prophecies of doom regarding super machines that were destined to control the world, but now admits that, after seeing it in progress, he is now a believer. Let’s just hope Woz never stumbles upon the ramblings of David Ike.

Source: Washington Post

Bill Gates the Latest to Warn of the Dangers of AI

Following grim portents from the likes of Elon Musk and Professor Stephen Hawking, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has also warned of the potential threat that artificial intelligence (AI) could pose to humanity.

In an AMA on reddit, Gates said, “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well.”

“A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”

Gates’ words directly contradict the opinion of Microsoft Research Eric Horvitz, who said, “There have been concerns about the long-term prospect that we lose control of certain kinds of intelligences. I fundamentally don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Source: BBC

Watch Bill Gates Drink Water Made From Poo

Ever since Bill Gates retired from his day-to-day role at Microsoft, most of his attention has been focused on his philanthropic efforts with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of those efforts is to provide safe and clean drinking water to as many people as possible. In this case he’s showing us how water can be made from excrement.

Yes, poo. In the video bellow, we get a demonstration of how human waste can magically be turned into perfectly drinkable water thanks to incredible developments in water sanitation technology. The same machine also converts waste into electricity that can be transferred back to the power grid.

“If we can develop safe, affordable ways to get rid of human waste, we can prevent many of those deaths and help more children grow up healthy,” – Bill Gates.

Source: TechCrunch

Bill Gates Warns That the World Isn’t Prepared For the Impact of Automisation

We are approaching the age of automation, a time in which machines, robots, and software will dominate the labour market. But, unlike the industrial age, which brought with it a plethora of jobs, automation will render many human workers obsolete, and we’re not ready to deal with this consequence, according to Microsoft impresario Bill Gates.

Speaking at economic think tank The American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Gates said, “Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses […] it’s progressing […]  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set […] 20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model.”

In terms of solutions, Gates posits that tax codes could be changed to encourage companies to employ people over machines, even suggesting scrapping income and payroll taxes entirely.

Source: Business Insider

Bill Gates Supports Immigration Increase to Improve Economy

Bill Gates has teamed up with two unlikely allies in business magnates Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffet to beseech US Congress to pass immigration reform.

The trio, in a New York Times op-ed piece, say that despite their differing politics, that they are united in their stance that immigration can only benefit their country. If three politically disparate men can unify on this issue, they say, then so can Congress.

“The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill,” the New York Times piece reads. “But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us. We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement. It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington.”

Adelson is a staunch Conservative who has supported the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Buffet is a famous liberal, with a history of donating money to Democratic campaigns. Gates has endorsed both Republican and Democratic candidates over the years. They all support lifting restrictions on immigration Visas for qualified people.

“Whatever the precise provisions of a law, it’s time for the House to draft and pass a bill that reflects both our country’s humanity and its self-interest. Differences with the Senate should be hammered out by members of a conference committee, committed to a deal,” they argue.

Source: Washington Post

 

Bill Gates Takes The ALC Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Three Others

A few days ago Mark Zuckerberg dumped a bucket of ice water on his head to raise awareness ALS awareness. Seems silly but a few days later an donations to the ALS Association are up 1000% percent! For those unaware of ALS, it is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Mark nominated Bill Gates to go next and one thing is for certain, if you want to raise money fast, nominate more billionaires seems to be the way to go. Bill took the challenge without question, going on to nominate three more and giving them just 24 hours to respond.

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Ryan Seacrest, Elon Musk and Chris Anderson, you’re all next! For more information on ALS or to donate, head on over to the official page here.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg Dump Ice Water over Himself

Opinions are split when it comes to Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, but I think we can all agree that this new trend is awesome. In the never-ending row of challenges extended on-line after daring them yourself, it’s now time to dump ice water over your own head.

This isn’t just some random challenge but has a specific purpose. To raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord, famous people are dumping buckets of ice water over their own head only to follow up on nominating 3 new people.

And it is working. As reported by Huffington Post, the Ice Bucket Challenge has increased donations to the ALS Association by 1000 percent.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information.

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Bill Gates Predictions Point To 2035, The Year Where Poverty Will Cease To Exist

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has always been known for his involvement in humanitarian aids as well. With his passion for technology as well as humanitarian activities he is involved in, he stated that the “revolution” will be one of the things which will help poor countries get over poverty. He also made some predictions on how this might have an impact in the future.

In his annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he relates the progress that poorer countries have made in the past 50 years. He also predicted that “by 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world”. His argument are based on the World Bank’s classification of low-income, which divides economies based on 2012 gross national income, and he predicts “almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer.” Low-income groups, according to the World Bank, make $1,036 or less, and lower-middle income groups make from $1,036 to $4,085.

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“Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer,” he stated. “Countries will learn from their most productive neighbors and benefit from innovations like new vaccines, better seeds, and the digital revolution.”

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Image and video courtesy of Gates Foundation

Bill Gates Was My Secret Santa

A reddit user by the name of “Rachel” got a pleasant surprise when she opened up her secret santa present. Reddit last year had over 44,000 people across 130 different countries take part in a record attempt to set the “largest secret santa” gift exchange, and they were at it again this year. Reddit user “Rachel” got a amazing surprise when she received her secret santa gift from “Bill”.

Little did “Rachel” know but “Bill” was actually the Bill Gates. “Rachel” went onto say;

“I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow. In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wish list full of makeup, nail polish and glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly i felt bad for this Bill…”

“Bill” had sent her a stuffed cow, the travel book Journeys of a lifetime (along with a personalised christmas and birthday message written with in) and a donation to the nonprofit charity Heifer International, which helps end poverty, hunger, and to care for the earth. Upon receiving this gift “Rachel” went onto research the charity and had this to say;

“The cause seemed really worthy and amazing, and it is the season of giving. By the way, the charity gives families the right tools- such as animals, seeds, clean water, safe stoves, or a chance for girls to go to school.  Since my Masters Degree is in education I am a big supporter of proper education for all. It makes me so happy that he was able to donate to a charity on my behalf that helped people with both needs and educational benefits. Nailed it Bill.”

A spokesman for Mr Gates said that he hoped participating in the secret santa would bring attention to the nonprofit charity. On a side note after finding out who her secret santa was “Rachel” wrote to him saying;

“ps. Sorry for the Apple iPad on my wish list, that was really awkward.”

Thanks News.com.au for providing us with this information.

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Bill Gates To Work Closely With New Microsoft CEO, But Won’t Go Full Time

In an interview with the Financial Times Bill Gates has hinted at becoming more involved with Microsoft are a period of relative absence. The report states that Bill Gates will spend “considerable time working with the next boss after an appointment is made”. Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates is constantly speculated as being the ideal successor to outward bound CEO Steve Ballmer but Bill Gates has persistently denied such speculation stating he does not want to make a full time return to Microsoft because he instead wants to continue with his global charity work.

Steve Ballmer’s successor is not yet known, speculation has put former Nokia boss Stephen Elop at the top of the pack after the recent Nokia and Microsoft handset division deal. A decision is expected by the end of the year and whoever does take over will probably keep Bill Gates busy with Microsoft at least for the duration of the changeover period. Whether Bill Gates chooses the new leadership and “fresh start” as an opportunity for himself to become more involved remains to be seen, I’m sure there are many people hoping that he will.

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Analyst Calls For Return Of Bill Gates As CEO Of Microsoft

With Steve Ballmer announcing his retirement from Microsoft the software giant now has to find a new CEO within the next 12 months. An internal committee at Microsoft has been appointed to select a new successor for the CEO seat.

Talking with USA Today Jack Gold, a technology analyst at Gold Associates, believes that Bill Gates should consider making a return to the company’s CEO position.

“Maybe it’s time for Bill Gates to come back on a temporary basis, they need a proven innovator with a track record of turning around big, sometimes unwieldy companies” Said Jack Gold.

Bill Gates has already announced that he has no intentions to make a return to the position of CEO as he retired from that way back in 2000. Of course if enough influential investors and shareholders at Microsoft yearned for his return then he would probably have no choice.

“As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO, We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.” Stated Bill Gates in a recent press conference.

Analyst Jack Gold believes that Microsoft should also consider looking to Google’s senior staff to find a candidate to take them in the right direction.

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Microsoft Expert Says Ballmer Was A Salesman Not A Visionary

Microsoft Expert Michael Cusumano, management professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of a book on Microsoft published in 1995, has been talking to Bloomberg about Steve Ballmer’s time at the helm of Microsoft. Cusumano is quite critical of Ballmer’s leadership skills stating that:

“Microsoft had a great run for 30 years, but it’s too much to expect somebody like Steve, who is more of a caretaker CEO than a visionary leader, to just bring Microsoft to the next level.”

Despite that Cusumano believes Ballmer was still a great motivator, but just not enough of a visionary leader that Microsoft urgently needed:

“I’ve met Steve a number of times. He’s a great motivator, he has terrific energy, tremendous enthusiasm, and he loves the company deeply, That energy is contagious. But Microsoft competes in a market where the competition and the pace of change is really quite fast, and if you’re not ahead of the game, then you’re likely underneath it.”

Steve Ballmer also took over at a critical time in Microsoft’s development, when Bill Gates stepped down, but was apparently the wrong man for the job:

“In many ways he had a very hard job. When Bill Gates stepped down in 2000, he left at a critical juncture, All of these changes, and Ballmer, who is much more of a sales guy than a technical leader or market visionary, was left holding the bag.”

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Microsoft’s Bill Gates Criticises Google For Lack Of Charity

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is well known for his charity work through his own organisation the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”. That foundation helps low income countries around the world with charitable tasks as well as assisting in the development of social services like health care and education. Talking with Bloomberg, about his charitable interactions, Bill Gates commented on Google’s “Project Loon”. Project Loon is Google’s plan to provide free global WiFi through a series of high-altitude air balloons carrying WiFi transmitters that stream WiFi from a variety of strategically placed ground base stations.

“When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you. When a kid gets diarrhoea, no, there’s no website that relieves that. Certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution” Bill Gates stated.

Bill Gates also went on to further detail that he believes Google have been travelling on a negative trajectory in recent times with regards to doing good and providing charitable services.

“Google started out saying they were going to do a broad set of things. They hired Larry Brilliant, and they got fantastic publicity. And then they shut it all down. Now they’re just doing their core thing. Fine. But the actors who just do their core thing are not going to uplift the poor.”

It is clear that Bill Gates and Microsoft certainly aren’t that fond of Google but do you think Bill Gates is right to criticise Google’s Project Loon?

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Bill Gates Takes The World Richest Man Titles Once Again

Obviously not a recent photo, but couldn’t resist it.

Carlos Slim has got some catching up to do if he wants to become the worlds richest man once again as Bil Gates sees a swift increase in wealth that has set him in the lead.

Of course, Carlos Slim isn’t exactly scraping the bottom of his penny jar just yet and he is still sat pretty being the second richest man in the world, the Mexican telecom mogul is worth a whopping $72.1 Billion but that’s nothing in comparison to the $72.7 billion that Mr Gates can claim to him name, 0.6 ahead might not sound like much, but the word billion certainly changes that.

So why the sudden leap in wealth? Given that Mr Gates as well as Corlos slim are both philanthropists, dedicating billions of dollars of their wealth away to charity in recent years, and yes that’s before this number was even calculated.

Well for Mr Gates is seems the next-gen Xbox is gaining some favour for the Redmond squad and the chief investment officer at The Arora report believes that ever since the announcement of their next-gen consoles launch event the company’s has seen a rise in stock prices, which in turn has boosted Gates personal wealth.

The new Xbox is set to be revealed on the 22nd of May and it will be a big moment for Microsoft, if they make a mess of this event it could have serious repercussions on their future in the gaming market for years to come, but if they get it right, they could be sitting on a gold mine for investors and it’s obvious that people are willing to take the risk and get in on the action, hence the rise in stock prices.

It’s an interesting development and while Microsoft may be feeling the heat for Windows 8 and a slow PC market, there is plenty of money still to be made in the games market that is stemming the tide for now.

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