Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, has published an opinion column where five years ago predictions and comments on relevant topics for humanity: the covid-19 pandemic, the metaverse, the virtuality of medicine, the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
Gates, who in the past predicted what would be the pandemic, the advancement of smartphones and the revolution of streaming platforms, among others, now makes five new predictions for what will be 2022.
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In an article, titled Reasons for optimism after a difficult year, Gates tells what the pandemic situation has been for him: “2021 has been a year of great transitions for me, but it has not changed why I love the work I do. When it came to an end, I wanted to sit down and write on things that are the most important thing going forward to 2022, “he wrote.
These are the five predictions of Bill Gates for 2022:
When will the covid-19 pandemic end?
According to Bill Gates, the worst of the pandemic is happening (with the arrival of variants such as Delta and omicron) although the end of it, the hardest, will happen in 2022:
“I didn’t expect such a highly transmissible variant to show up, and I underestimated how difficult it would be to convince people to get vaccinated and keep wearing masks. However, I am hopeful that the end is in sight. It may be silly. make another prediction, but I think the acute phase of the pandemic will come to an end sometime in 2022 “
What Bill Gates thinks of the metaverse
For the founder of Microsoft virtuality is here to stay. In his vision we will all have a digital avatar, a virtual version of us, very close to who we are in appearance, voice and gestures, with which we will have a presence in all work, medical and social environments.
“Most virtual meetings will move from 2D camera image grids to 3D space with digital avatars,” wrote Bill Gates. We will have a digital environment that will recreate spaces where our digital version will interact with other people.
For this “you will need virtual reality glasses and movement gloves to accurately capture your expressions, your body language and the quality of your voice, “said Bill Gates.
Virtual medicine will evolve widely
According to Gates, the visit to the doctor in 2022 will be increasingly virtual and efficient, thanks to virtual reality technologies and health devices such as watches that people wear every day.
“What if you had a device at home that your doctor could remotely control to measure your blood pressure? What if you could check the data collected by your smart watch to see how you sleep and what your active heart rate is?” Bill Gates in his article.
It will improve the detection of Alzheimer’s
Bill Gates predicts that by 2022 we will have more accurate and affordable tests for all that detect Alzheimer’s early through the blood, a great advance for a disease that for now remains without a cure:
“Much progress has been made in this area lately, and there is a good chance that the first affordable and accessible blood test for Alzheimer’s will be approved next year,” Gates said.
Although the treatment is still somewhat uncertain, since the progression of the disease cannot even be slowed, at least it will be an additional step to find a way against Alzheimer’s.
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2022 will be the year of the new normal: Bill Gates
The founder of Microsoft firmly believes that in 2022 we will opt for the aforementioned ‘new normal’, a gradual return to life before the pandemic but that some habits that will have changed forever:
“For me, that will mean going to the office a bit more, as covid-19 cases are expected to decrease. I want to find a new rhythm at home now that my three children have moved in and my day is not so structured around finding time to spend with them, “Gates said.
“I would like to keep my pandemic habit of watching a lot of educational videos on YouTube and subscription services like Wondrium, because they are a great way to learn about little known topics, “said the mogul.
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Bill Gates made five predictions for 2022 about the pandemic