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Bill Gates reveals the three industries he’d dive into if he was starting out today

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[Left to right] Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates

[Left to right] Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates

Artificial intelligence, energy and biosciences are “the most promising fields” to make an impact in today according to Bill Gates, and if he was starting out now, these are the areas he would tackle.

The Microsoft co-founder shared the insights in a tweeted speech to new college grads on Monday, during which he also explained what he wish he had known when he left college and what he believes to be the most important things in life.

“Intelligence takes many different forms,” said Gates.

“It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think.

Gates said today’s graduates and young people have an advantage that he didn’t at their age.

“I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequities. Took me decades to learn.

“You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner.

He also urged those embarking on their careers to remember those around them.

“Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As [Melinda Gates] does for me,” he said.

“Like [Warren Buffett] I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me [and] by the difference I make for others.”

It’s no secret that Gates loves to read, and he told his followers the “most inspiring book [he’s] ever read” is Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Why? Because, according to Gates, it “shows how the world is getting better”.

“Sounds crazy, but it’s true,” said Gates.

“This is the most peaceful time in human history.

“That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places.”

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Dinushi Dias

Dinushi Dias is a journalist at StartupSmart and multimedia content producer. When she’s out of the office, she works on social projects with her We Love It Productions family and buddying filmmakers.

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  • The world has never been as conflicted as it is right now – there is a colossal fight going on between the globalist power bloc and the ‘ordinary people’ of the world who are now aware of the push to break down national identity and govern them centrally.

    • Gabriel

      Agree.
      Bill Gates, George Soros and other over-rich people, are part of the globalist New World Order that want to rule the world.

  • Don’t burst my bubble

    “That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places.”….. oh yeah, the US military is sharing it’s peace and prosperity, all through the middle east right now..