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  • Editor’s Picks / 01 December 2015 at 0:41 GMT

    Bill Gates plots a surprise attack on the energy sector

    Reuters
    Bill Gates grows most animated when the talk turns to the "cool" new energy technologies that have yet to leave the lab. Gates was a rare civilian sharing the limelight alongside presidents and prime ministers at the opening session of Paris climate talks on Monday. Offstage, in a barren conference room, he excitedly described the possibility of generating energy through the long-speculated process of artificial photosynthesis, using the energy of sunshine to produce liquid hydrocarbons that could challenge the supremacy of fossil fuels. “If it works it would be magical,” says Gates, hugging his elbows to his side and rocking lightly in his seat. “Because with liquids you don’t have the intermittency problem [that] batteries [do]. You can put the liquid into a big tank and burn it whenever you want."
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  • Editor’s Picks / 30 March 2015 at 5:17 GMT

    Gates urges China to avoid Japan's errors in innovation

    South China Morning Post
    China should learn from Japan and the US when it comes to state-led artificial intelligence research, Microsoft founder Bill Gates says. Gates was commenting on the "China Brain" project put forward by Baidu chief Li Yanhong, who suggested that Beijing should help make China a world leader in artifical intelligence by adopting a market-based mechanism for innovation. Gates says that care is needed in how you structure the government's relationship with innovation. In Japan, the Ministry of International Trade picked specific goals and approaches for a computer initiative in the 1980s. But the project was not successful and the architecture was surpassed in speed by hardware made by Intel.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 03 March 2015 at 8:58 GMT

    Bill Gates stays top of billionaire list

    BBC
    Bill Gates is once again the richest man in the world, according to Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires. The Microsoft founder has now been top of the list for 16 of the last 21 years. His next worth in the past year rose by just over $3 billion to $79bn. Mexican businessman Carlos Slim is again in second place, with US investor Warren Buffett regaining third place. Forbes says there are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world. The US dominates the top 20, with 15 of the world's richest people coming from America. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is at number 16, the first time he appears on the list. This list includes 290 newcomers, 71 from China. There is also a new record of 46 billionaires under under the age of 40.
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