Bill and Melinda Gates informed Stanford college students at graduation yesterday that they need to carry the college’s progressive spirit with them into the working world, however they shouldn’t lose sight of social good within the quest to generate income.
Within the first joint graduation speech in Stanford historical past, the pair spoke extremely of the college’s tradition of innovation, and the standard of its college students. However additionally they cautioned college students about solely following revenue of their post-graduate endeavors.
Watch the total video of their tackle above.
Bill Gates stated that there are lots of individuals who don’t imagine that the world will likely be a greater place sooner or later, and that technological change gained’t make individuals’s lives higher. Unsurprisingly, he and Melinda see issues in another way, however he doesn’t assume optimistic change is inevitable.
“The pessimists are fallacious, for my part,” Bill Gates stated. “However they’re not loopy. If innovation is solely market-driven, and we don’t give attention to the large inequities, then we may have superb advances in innovations that go away the world much more divided.”
Within the final phrases of the speech, Melinda Gates inspired college students to concentrate on the privileges they’ve, and to domesticate empathy for people who find themselves much less lucky than they’re.
“As you permit Stanford, take all of your genius and your optimism and your empathy, and go change the world in methods that can make thousands and thousands of individuals optimistic,” she stated.
The tackle additionally had its gentle moments. Bill and Melinda Gates each donned outsized glasses with tape on the bridges of their introduction, saying that they’re proud to name themselves nerds. That earned a hearty cheer and applause from the viewers.
Gates isn’t the one former Microsoft CEO working the graduation circuit this yr. Steve Ballmer, who solely lately left the highest job at Microsoft, spoke on the College of Washington graduation last week, and talked to graduate college students from USC’s Marshall School of Business final month.