Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. He essentially invented personal computing and co-founded a major multinational corporation. But what really keeps him up at night has nothing to do with technology–it’s about humanity.
« I rate the chance of a nuclear war within my lifetime as being fairly low, » Gates told Vox’s Ezra Klein. « I rate the chance of a widespread epidemic, far worse than Ebola, in my lifetime, as well over 50%. »
Gates, who is 59 years old, referenced a death chart that shows the rise and fall in number of deaths throughout the 20th century. There was a spike during World War I, about 25 million, and another for World War II, about 65 million. In the middle of those two eras, you’ll see a spike that’s almost as large as World War II.
« Well, that was the Spanish flu, » said Gates.
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