(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google wants to deliver internet access to third world countries via balloons. Well, Bill Gates doesn’t really sound to enthused about it.
According to a report from the Guardian, the Microsoft founder made critical comments of the iniative an interview with Business Week.
“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. When a kid gets diarrhoea, no, there’s no website that relieves that,” commented Gates in the story.
While noting he was a “huge believer in the digital revolution,” Gates emphasized that stopping diseases like malaria were also important.
In recent years, Gates has become known for disease eradication efforts he’s overseen with his organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Google’s initial plan, announced in June, called for flying balloons on stratospheric winds around the globe to deliver what the company said were “speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster.”