You know those people who, if you complain about a minor inconvenience in your life like getting stuck on the subway or your alarm not going off, their knee-jerk response is to ridicule you for whining about such trivial experiences when there are people starving in Africa?
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is one of those people.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Mr. Gates unleashed a whirlwind of criticism of Google’s (admittedly bizarre) Project Loon, which seeks to beam wifi to less-developed regions by flying giant balloons over them. It’s one of Google’s crazier ideas, but given the resources the company has, one that just might work.
But Mr. Gates, a storied technologist and philanthropist, is not so sure. When asked if bringing Internet access to underdeveloped areas could help them flourish, he responded, “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.” Fucking burn.
“When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that,” he added.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working on eradicating malaria worldwide. Maybe hold off on the balloons until then, Larry.
Update: Mr. Gates also decided he doesn’t care for your stupid rocketships, either:
Everybody’s got their own priorities. In terms of improving the state of humanity, I don’t see the direct connection. I guess it’s fun, because you shoot rockets up in the air. But it’s not an area that I’ll be putting money into.
Somebody is grumpy this week.
(h/t The Verge)