Google’s ambitious plan to launch blimps into parts of the globe to deliver internet to parts of the world that don’t get proper coverage just doesn’t impress Bill Gates.
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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…Google started out saying they were going to do a broad set of things. They hired Larry Brilliant, and they got fantastic publicity. And then they shut it all down. Now they’re just doing their core thing. Fine. But the actors who just do their core thing are not going to uplift the poor,”
– Bill Gates on Project Loon.
Bill Gates’ retort to Google came as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is working to eradicate Malaria around the globe.
Google’s project Loon launched in June with a pilot in New Zealand. The project is designed to have users be able to connect to the Internet via balloons to avoid having to build any infrastructure on the ground. Google has yet to comment on the interview.[Via PC Mag]