Mark Zuckerberg never in his wildest dreams thought that Facebook would blow up the way it did, so I guess it stands to reason that he thinks anything is possible now.
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His latest venture is a big ask however – Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, say they plan to spend $3 billion to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within out children’s lifetime.”
Experts have spoken out reminding the couple that the National Institute of Health (which funds much of the same research that Zuckerberg and Chan’s new initiative will) spends 10 times that much every year, and last time they checked there’s still plenty of disease around.
There are also other organisations, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration that spend more than $3 billion a year on the same thing.
Not that there’s any harm in them joining the fight, of course.
Investing in research is at the root of important innovations. Incredible news from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. https://t.co/flpFepRRK6
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) September 21, 2016
As unrealistic as it sounds, anything they can do to help is a way better use of Mark Zuckerberg’s resources than turning us all into virtual reality zombies, or helping Kanye West pay off his debt, that’s for sure. It might be an impossible dream but you have to rate the fact that there’s a billionaire like Mark Zuckerberg out there chasing it, when he could be doing literally anything he wanted with his time.
For a fascinating early interview with Mark at Facebook’s first office, click HERE.