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Bill Gates: People Dying of Malaria Don't Need Google Loon
by Karl Bode 08:41AM Thursday Aug 08 2013
Google recently unveiled Google Loon, which intends to use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, in order to provide high speed Internet services to either underserved areas or regions without adequate broadband infrastructure. For what it's worth, Bill Gates isn't impressed.

Speaking to Bloomberg about health and education efforts, Gates oddly took the opportunity to take a pot shot at his company's rival, stating that while he supports the digital revolution in straggling countries, many areas in Africa have significantly more pressing needs than broadband:
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When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you. When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that. Certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution. And connecting up primary-health-care centers, connecting up schools, those are good things. But no, those are not, for the really low-income countries, unless you directly say we’re going to do something about malaria.
Granted those suffering from Malaria probably feel the same way about Microsoft's White Space broadband trials in Africa. A conversation about human lives (and Bill's admittdely fantastic work in aiding developing countries) is however a weird time to take a pot shot at your competitor, though keep in mind Bill Gates tried and failed at a similar idea in the 1990's dubbed Teledesic.


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Missed the point

I think everyone talking about the article, the three commenters when I posted this and the article's poster, has completely missed the point. As if no one knows what Bill Gates does with his time and money now.

His foundation is trying to do something about it, is Google trying or do they purely see it as a test bed and business venture? Are they planning how to layout a new city while Rome is still burning?