Seven Future Predictions Made By Bill Gates
Future predictions have been made by many people over the centuries. But while some of them happened, most didn’t. It’s safe to say that it makes a great difference in the accuracy of these future predictions on who actually makes them. And Bill Gates is a person that can be considered as a person who is well suited to give several out.
And equally important is for us to heed them and prepare ourselves accordingly. It’s also important to note that he already made some such future predictions in the past that came true, by the way. With that being said, here are seven other future predictions that according to him will happen in the near future.
7. In the following 15 years, 33 million people could die in less than a year by a new pathogen.
Given our current technological development, it would seem unlikely that something like this could happen. But it is important to note that an airborne pathogen could evolve to such an extent that it could wipe out a large portion of the population. This pathogen could develop on its own or it could be created in a lab and then released on the population with devastating results.
We have to keep in mind that we are now more connected than ever and spreading one such virus around would not be hard. It happened before and it can definitely happen again. We should also keep in mind that some strains of influenza have mutated to such an extent that they can no longer be treated with conventional medicine such as antibiotics. Scientists are looking into the matter, but if an all-out outbreak were to happen before they do, humanity could be at a great peril and Bill Gates thinks this to be a strong possibility.
6. Africa will become completely self-sufficient in terms of food production.
Another future prediction of his the fact that Africa will become completely self-sufficient in terms of food. To date, the African continent is the only one that cannot provide for the people living there. There are multiple factors that contribute here, spanning from the tropical climate, the poor soils and many diseases that plague it at the moment.
Nevertheless, Gates believes that with the arrival on GMOs, better fertilisers and irrigation technologies, as well as the improving infrastructure on the continent, this will be a thing of the past.
5. Poor people today will store money digitally.
Poor communities tend to stay that way due in large part to the slow movement of a developed infrastructure reaching them in time. But this whole process could be bypassed by electronic banking systems that will allow people living in these areas to store and protect their savings digitally. In his 2015 annual letter he said that: “by 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payment with their phones.”
4. By 2035, there will no longer be any more poor countries.
Even though it might not look it, humanity today is as better as it has ever been any time in history. And even though the wealth distribution is grossly uneven across the map, all countries around the world are on an upward trend. Gates believes that by 2035 no country will be left in the world that will be considered poor by today’s standards, at least.
Wealth, after all, is relative, just like everything else and can be said that someone is as rich as someone else is poor. But when it will come to the most basic of needs all people will be covered. The faster we reach that point, the better since poverty is the driving force behind many bad things happening today.
In his 2014 letter, he said that “aid is a fantastic investment, and we should be doing more. It saves and improves lives very effectively, laying the groundwork for […] long-term economic progress.”
3. By 2030 there will be a technological breakthrough that will bring on a clean energy revolution.
Even though he didn’t mention which of the already existing method will be the one to revolutionise the production of clean and renewable energy source, see strongly believes that with the ever increasing interest in the matter, we will have one such technology by 2030. His opinion is to invest heavily in young people since they will be the ones who will come up with this idea. Gates has already invested $2 billion in renewable technologies.
2. Automation will make most jobs obsolete.
This one should come as no surprise to any of us since automation has already entered the workforce in a major way. And given its efficiency, it will be only a matter of time before most jobs will be done by robots or digital bots. This is inevitable and we should not try to stand in its way. What we should focus on, however, is how to deal with it when large parts of the population will no longer have a job. His proposal is to tax those robots and with the money, we should pay for jobs that people could do, like taking care of elderly people or educating young people.
1. Polio will be completely eradicated by 2019.
As he presented in his 2013 letter, Gates showed that the prevalence of polio has dropped significantly over the years, from affecting millions of people worldwide to just several hundred in only three countries. The key here is measurement, he sais: “You have to measure accurately, as well as create an environment where problems can be discussed openly so you can effectively evaluate what’s working and what’s not.”