Bill Gates is not only known for being one of the richest men in the world. The philanthropist and entrepreneur is also a great visionary and for decades he has been correct in several predictions that he has made in interviews, talks and on his blog ‘Gates Notes’.
It is said that the Microsoft co-founder frequently consults a series of specialized reports on different topics and based on that information he gives his opinions, which tend to be interpreted as predictions that, in some cases, become a reality.
Some of the most successful have been the following.
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Internet in everyday life
Since the 1990s, Gates foresaw a change in everyday life thanks to the popularity of the internet, which at the time was a rather exclusive tool.
“The largest computer network in the world and the closest thing to a working prototype of the information highway,” he said at the time in an interview with Playboy.
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Gates also heralded a change in the primary purpose of personal computers, not just for work and document creation, but for sharing. ideas and opinions in communities.
Along the same lines, he predicted that people would use personal devices to access the Internet and that mobile phones would become more and more advanced.
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In his book ‘Business at the Speed of Thought’ he referred to price comparison sites, automated promotional offers and online forums, formats that are part of our lives now, but not yet a reality in 1999.
In 2015, Bill Gates predicted that there would be a global pandemic that would kill millions of people and for this reason his name sounded even more during the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020.
In a TED talk he shared his thoughts: “If something kills more than 10 million people in the next few decades, it will most likely be a highly infectious virus and not war, not missiles, but microbes.”
He added: “We have invested a lot in nuclear deterrence, but in reality we have invested very little in a system to stop an epidemic. We are not prepared for the next epidemic.”
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netflix and facebook
In the aforementioned 1994 interview for Playboy magazine, he shared his forecasts about technology and some of the most surprising were those that can be related to streaming services such as Netflix and social networks such as Facebook, which was a pioneer in relating people Through internet.
“Let’s say you want to see a movie. To choose from, you’ll want to know what movies others liked, and based on what you think of other movies you’ve seen,” if this is a movie you’d like. You will be able to search for that information. Then you select and get a video on demand. Then you can even share what you think of the movie,” Tapesh Bairagi rescues from what Gates said at the time, in an article posted on LinkedIn.
In 2005, Gates predicted that the rise of social media would change the way people communicate and interact with each other.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
According to information from the Spanish portal La Vanguardia, the businessman and philanthropist said that in the coming months many companies would begin to “revolve” around artificial intelligence (AI).
And he even went further and asserted that the survival of these brands would depend on their ability to adapt to these technologies.
This seems to be becoming a reality, as it is known that large brands from all sectors are automating processes with these tools.
“People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the Internet…” Gates said a few years ago.
And he was not mistaken, digital wallets and traditional banking have migrated to the world’s smartphones and computers.
Gates predicted that “by 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will put money away and make a payment with their phones,” according to a Yahoo Finance article.
It should be noted that Bill Gates has also made predictions that have not come true, like credit cards would be obsolete in 2007, something that has not happened, but is going through a transition through applications on mobile devices.
But, in general, the tycoon’s predictions have been very accurate and his vision of the future has shaped the reality we live in.
LAURA ALEJANDRA ALBARRACÍN RESTREPO
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