This is the battle of the billionaires, 2.0. While they are no longer Branson, Bezos, and Musk racing to the edge of space, the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist, he may also have taken a shrewd look at the entire process, space exploration itself. While the billionaire has made his ambitions for climate change and making Earth more sustainable very clear, in an interview with James Corden, Gates looked at the other three billionaires who are currently in a race to escape to Earth and colonize. another planet. During his recent appearance on a late-night American talk show, The Late Late Show with James Corden hosted by James Corden, on September 23 to discuss the climate crisis, Gates made a comment that Corden called “the most elegant burning.”
The “burn” in context came after Corden asked Bill Gates to think about other billionaires investing in space travel and what he thinks about it, Gates responded that he was more “obsessed with eradicating disease here at the earth than in space. ” Corden opened the interview by thanking Gates for being “the billionaire who is not yet trying to escape from planet Earth in a spaceship.” When asked why billionaires are “obsessed with” space travel right now, Gates replied, “I don’t know. I became obsessed with things like malaria and HIV and eliminating these diseases and would probably bore the people in cocktails talking about disease Space? You know, we have a lot to do here on earth. ”Throughout the remainder of the interview, Gates called for optimism and everyone’s combined efforts to address the climate crisis.
This is not the first time that Gates has had this same excavation. In February this year, during an interview for his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Catastrophe,” he mentioned that, unlike Tesla CEO and Space X chief Elon Musk, he wants to focus on the problems. Here on Earth, not on Mars.
The Microsoft co-founder, in an interview with Kara Swisher on her ‘Sway’ podcast, said: ‘Well, it’s important to say that what Elon did with Tesla is one of the biggest contributions to climate change that anyone has ever made. And you know, underestimating Elon is not a good idea. “
However, he adds that he does not consider Musk’s solutions to be real solutions. “He added that” he is not a person from Mars “and that he does not” believe that rockets are the solution. “In the interview, he says that companies like Tesla do a great job on ‘easy things like passenger cars’, but we must tackle other industries to make a bigger difference on climate change.
Gates would also rather spend the money on measles vaccines than travel to space in a rocket. “I’m not going to pay a lot of money because my foundation can buy measles vaccines and save a life for $ 1,000. So whatever I do, I keep thinking, okay, I could spend that $ 1000 to buy a measles vaccine. “
Earlier this week, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during his opening speech to the United Nations General Assembly, denounced the divide between rich and poor, “with billionaires traveling the world. Space while millions of people go hungry on Earth. ” .
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