As the founder of the biggest software company ever, Bill Gates has always been controversial. Period. Say what you will, Gates is not only loved and hated, he is listened to and in my opinion one of the most influential people that has impacted our society.
Bill Gates is not just a brilliant software engineer, he is so much more. His focus and ability to attack a problem is legendary. At the Ted conference Gates tackles every aspect on how the carbon footprint impacts everybody's future. He addresses nuclear technology challenges head on, knowing that there are skeptics out there that will be critical of his ideas. The discussion reviews the idea of completing a complete nuclear cycle, in particular waste.
Whether anyone believes it or not, Gates brings out the very best in everyone to create new ideas that could be the next generation (Nuclear Version 10 or Carbon Ver. 2030?) in disruptive technology and be involved in social responsibilities like health, finance and humanity. Over the past decade Gates has witnessed where political leadership simply has not shown indications of advancing new ideas and policies. Perhaps he can offer discussion, debate and leadership in finding opportunities to solve some of these world's problems. The Gates Foundation tackles some of the most challenging health problems in some of the poorest parts of the world and is producing results - very good results come to think of it.
It will be interesting to see if the U.S. Dept of Energy listens to some of the concepts Bill Gates suggest be developed.
His discussion on the topic of Energy and Zero Carbon world captivated everyone in the audience.