Bill Gates believes in the value of education – despite the fact that his own success story paints a different picture. Quite simply, he’s probably the most famous dropout in the history of Harvard University, having bailed in 1975 to start a little-known venture called Microsoft.
Speaking on Friday at another Ivy League university, Columbia University, alongside none other than Warren Buffet, Gates made it clear that he doesn’t necessarily believe that dropping out of college is a good idea. Particularly, for those looking to follow in his footsteps and make a name for themselves (not to mention billions of dollars) in software.
But at the same time, he did state that there were a few interesting ventures presenting themselves right now, which he might well be willing to drop out of college for, all over again.
So for those mulling the idea of bailing on their education and going it alone, which sectors did Bill Gates highlight as having the most potential?
Well, one area Gates highlighted was artificial intelligence, which when held alongside modern computer science in general remains at a relatively remedial level. He believes that there is so much more to come in the world of artificial intelligence that those able to make significant breakthroughs could hold potential monopolies on the future of AI.
“The ability for artificial agents to read and understand material is going to be phenomenal,” said Gates.
“Anything connected with that would be an exciting lifetime career.”
In addition, Gates also highlighted the growing importance of and demand for renewable energy that is both affordable and reliable. He also stated that while things have come a long way in the energy sector, there is still not a single system that has been developed that can meet all essential criteria, or the requirements of a growing global population. Once again therefore, he stated that anyone able to bring positive and ongoing change to the energy sector could map out the kind of future that may be comparable to his past.
“Innovations in energy will be profound,” said Gates.
“And there are many paths to get to where we need to go”
Last up, Gates told those in attendance of the importance of focusing more time, energy and resources than ever before on biosciences. He said that they world currently lives in a thrilling era for biological science, though once again there is an incredibly long way to go before things even begin reaching their full potential. He spoke of DNA vaccines in particular having an important place in the future of medicine, along with advanced research into depression, obesity and cancer.