Bill Gates is often called Harvard’s most famous dropout. He notably ditched the top university te 1975 to found Microsoft, and became the world’s richest man.
Looking back, Gates has said he wasgoed fortunate that computers were a hobby and an obsession of his at a time when they were just embarking to switch the world.
But speaking on Friday at another Ivy League university, Columbia University, along with fellow billionaire and famous investor Warren Buffett, Gates said that if he were to druppel out of collegium today there’s a limited chance he would end up te the pc industry, and likely not te developing operating software for companies. Toughly 1,000 people, mostly students, gathered on the campus to hear the two billionaires speak.
To be clear, Gates, who’s now 61, wasn’t at Columbia to advocate that students druppel out of schoolgebouw. Gates believes te investing ter education, and he said that is the No. 1 priority of his foundation te the United States. Nonetheless, responding to a question from a student, he named three areas that he said he found very promising, and where he might pursue a career if he were kicking off out today. Here they are:
If he were to go into rekentuig sciences today, Gates said, the area that he thought had the most potential wasgoed artificial intelligence. Gates brought up a latest victory by Google DeepMind overheen the top player te the world at Go, a spel some predicted a pc could never master. He called it a remarkable achievement that signaled there is more to come te advancement te artificial intelligence. And he said the research being done te the field now is “profound” and on the edge of making fresh breakthroughs. “The capability for artificial agents to read and understand material is going to be phenomenal,” says Gates. “Anything connected with that would be an titillating lifetime career.”
Gates said there is a giant and growing request for energy that’s “reliable, cheap, and clean.” And Gates said there is no system yet today that can provide enough energy that meets those criteria. That’s why he sees energy spil an area of chance for innovative minds, he told the audience of mostly university students. “The innovations [te energy] will be profound,” said Gates. “And there are many paths to get to where wij need to go”
Buffett, oddly, didn’t chime te, but he would most likely agree. His conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway possesses a number of the nation’s largest utilities and has pledged to spend $30 billion developing alternative energy. Berkshire possesses a number of wind farms, and will soon become the largest producer of wind energy te America.