The name Bill Gates resonates with our tech-savvy generation. After providing a defining domain to digital writing, Bill Gates is now an active participant in the matters of public health and environment. The computing genius has used his calculations before and successfully predicted our obsession with the smartphones. Therefore, we are less surprised and more excited about the new predictions made by the prolific philanthropist and author. His successful vision of the future and a highly reasonable mind that has revolutionized the internet for us are the reasons why we believe in his words.
Here are the six things we should be anticipating going by his predictions:
1. No poor countries in the future
According Gates, by 2035 “almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer”. By World Bank’s standards, the daily budget of US$1.90 (₹122) qualifies as poverty. However, the status quo will change as “countries will learn from their most productive neighbors and benefit from innovations like new vaccines, better seeds, and the digital revolution.”
2. Bio-terrorism outbreak will wipe out 33 million people
We are quite aware of the political disturbances which caused mass destruction in Syria. The recent chemical attack on the country was soul-jarring and reflects upon a prediction made by Bill Gates. He calls airborne pathogens one of the biggest threats to global health. He also acknowledges the calculations of epidemiologists that the world can experience an outbreak of such synthetic viruses which will exterminate as many as 33 million of the world population.
3. Automation will take away countless jobs
As frightening as it may sound, we cannot disregard the words of the Microsoft co-founder on this matter. The technological advancements in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics are human marvels, but these will also replace the human workforce in next 20 years.
4. Science, engineering, and economics will dominate the job market
The present reliability of human beings on technology makes this prediction non-debatable. Bill Gates calls workers corresponding to these fields “the agents of change for all institutions”. He stresses on a technical bent of mind which will help revolutionize any industry. He says, “[It’s] not necessarily that you’ll be writing code, but you need to understand what can engineers do and what can they not do.”
5. Mobile banking will change the life of poor for good
Bill Gates considers the possibilities of mobile banking on a global level and concludes that the mobile transactions and micro-payment methods will help the poor store money. As of now, a large part of the population in poor countries such as Africa has no access to cash. Therefore, this platform will open gates for a new and easy way for monetary flow.
6. Polio and Malaria will disappear from the face of the earth
A well-strategized and diligent approach towards a problem always carries a positive result. We have been able to eradicate smallpox therefore the claim to polio eradication holds water. The world saw only 37 cases of polio by 2016 as compared to 400 in the late 1980s, which is a commendable improvement. This makes us optimistic about malaria becoming history as well. Gates also adds, “No one will die of AIDS.”
Bill Gates is one of those visionaries who thrives purely on knowledge-based assessment. What lies in the future will be revealed in no time; meanwhile, we can certainly channel our skills considering his predictions as a blueprint.