At the hustle of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates delivered another upbeat message on the world with his annual newsletter.
The report, written by Gates and his wife Melinda, who are co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, once again argued that the world is a better place than it has even been before, predicting that the next 15 years will see major breakthroughs. Such advancements will mean the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster over this period than at any other time in history, it said.
"These breakthroughs will be driven by innovation in technology — ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets — and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people," the report, released Thursday morning to coincide with the Davos event, said.
"It's great that more people in rich countries will be able to watch movies on super hi-resolution screens. It's even better that more parents in poor countries will know their children aren't going to die."
The foundation detailed a range of new opportunities that it foresees in the developing world and urged readers to raise awareness, volunteer time, or donate. Education, nutritious food and the benefits of mobile banking were just some of the issues raised in the report.