FoRK digest, Vol 1 #825 - 14 msgs

Bill Kearney
Mon, 4 Mar 2002 16:27:55 -0500

> I am having trouble getting through to people on the net and in real life
> with this question. Maybe it because it is a stupid question or maybe I have
> taken a leap of imagination that others haven't made yet. What would you do
> with 50 billion dollars? Think of the possibilities. What I want Bill Gates
> to do is have a decent mid-life crisis like the rest of us and do something
> insanely great, as Steve Jobs would say. I was being only slightly facetious
> in my comment about the space shuttle. Why not fund the next generation
> Hubble space telescope so we can get more questions about the universe
> answered in his lifetime? I know I am tilting at windmills here but I feel I
> have to say something. Danny Hillis is doing something imaginative with his
> money by building the Clock of the Long Now.

Uh, do at least the tiniest bit of research now and then.

Educating and working on the healthcare of 'here and now' people.  That's likely
to do a lot to help develop the people that will find the next generation of
great things.  A library and a telescope aren't worth much without healthy,
informed people to make use of them.

Seems that so of the so-called "idols" aren't being anywhere near as