In their annual letter to the public about their philanthropic work, Bill and Melinda Gates this year chose to focus on nine things that have surprised them.
- Africa is the youngest continent
- At-home DNA tests can find serial killers—and could also help prevent premature birth
- The world will build an entire New York City every month for 40 years
- Data can be sexist
- You can learn a lot about processing your anger from teenage boys
- There’s a nationalist case for globalism
- Toilets haven’t changed in a century
- Textbooks are becoming obsolete
- Mobile phones are most powerful in the hands of the world’s poorest women
You can read their explanations in the full letter.
You can also watch a video of Bill Gates explaining to Quartz how he remembers what he reads.
Quartz members have access to other sections of the recent interview with the Microsoft cofounder, including:
- Gates’ belief that socialism has “worked extremely poorly”
- How he would educate himself if he were 15 years old today
- Why his nuclear energy hopes shifted from China to the US
- How he’s looking for the balance between data privacy and innovation
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