Bill Gates made a viral video with Jimmy Fallon to help promote his 2014 annual letter.
By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this year’s letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same.
Good read, as always. The annual Gates letter is fast becoming one of my favorite pieces of yearly content. And, hey!, if he has to make a silly/crappy viral video to get us to read something serious, then so be it.