Rev up those thinking pans, we have another jumbled wishy-washy post incoming.
So this thing here is pretty interesting. Bill Gates spoke out about Google’s Project Loon saying, and I quote, “When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you.” What the hell, Bill? I can see where he’s coming from, sort of, but the wording is just so poor, and the idea behind it probably too. Sure, we need to get to finding a cure for malaria too, but there’s plenty of people doing that. And what about all the other folks over there, who aren’t “dying of malaria”? Some quality of life improvements like easily accessible internet can go a long way.
Just think about it for a second. Think, and realize that you shouldn’t hold me to any of this, since I don’t know the exact situations people in development countries. Still, I think it’s safe to say that they could greatly benefit from Project Loon. You know how lots of children there can’t go to school, way too often simply because there isn’t one? You know how the internet has infinitely large libraries of information one can freely dig through, granted they have internet access? It’s not a real solution, but I think it’ll definitely help ease the pain for now.
It also possibly puts the people in those countries in touch with us, the bastards lucky enough to be born relatively rich. We have a lot of information that would be very useful to share. Even if it’s one of those simple “life hack” things, where you can create a makeshift waterfilter out of materials found pretty much anywhere. That’s probably another bad example, but you get the idea.
Providing internet is a huge step towards better quality of life. Dumping all our efforts onto one single target, despite how many lives it can safe, is a rather dumb move to play.