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Bill Gates Will Not Give You One Million Dollars

In advance of his Ask Me Anything on Reddit, the Microsoft billionaire pre-emptively answered some questions.

Bill Gates Will Not Give You One Million Dollars

So how predictable can Reddit's users be these days? In advance of his turn at Reddit's Ask Me Anything put out a video with some of the questions he expected to be asked during his Q&A session. They included: How much money is in your wallet? (short answer: $100); (short answer: if you are a poor farmer or a child growing up without access to life-saving vaccines you can have some money, otherwise no); Which would you rather fight—100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? (short answer, horse-sized duck).

UPDATE: In his AMA, Gates addressed questions from what's left on his bucket list (answer: "don't die") to what device he's using and more. Some of the highlights:

  • When asked what is something that needs to be changed in the world that money won't help, he replied: "It would be nice if all governments were as rational as the Nordic governments - reaching compromise and providing services broadly. The Economist had a nice special section on this last week. Africa governments have often been weak but you can't write a check to change that. Fortunately the average quality is going up. Mo Ibrahim tracks this in a great way. ("
  • On the subject of what emerging technology will make the biggest difference: "Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at "computers". Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways.."
  • On the biggest accomplishment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: "So far our biggest impact has been getting vaccines for things like diarrhea and pneumonia out which has saved millions of lives. Polio will be a great achievement along with key partners when that gets done."
  • And perhaps the answer that got the most buzz, what computer he used to answer the AMA questions: "I just got my Surface Pro a week ago and it is very nice. I am using a Perceptive Pixel display right now - huge Windows 8 touch whiteboard. These will come down in price over time and be pervasive... ("