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TED on Sunday: Bill Gates on the Importance of Being Optimistic

August 02, 2009

It should come as no surprise that the world's richest man and most visible philanthropist is a self-proclaimed optimist. But as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates argues in this TED talk, he has reason to be. The average human lifespan has doubled over the last hundred years. Infant mortality has fallen by a factor of two. Dreadful diseases such as smallpox and polio have been fully or almost fully eradicated. And, argues Gates, even greater victories lie ahead -- if we can muster the will and the resources to pursue them. (Posted: February 2009; Running time: 20:17)

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And for those who can't get enough of TED, check out Jim Simpson's post about a cool hidden feature of most TED Talks.

-- Mitch Nauffts

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