I understand how every healthy child, every new road, puts a country on a better path, but instability and war will arise from time to time, and I'm not an expert on how you get out of those things.
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.
Innovation is a good thing. The human condition - put aside bioterrorism and a few footnotes - is improving because of innovation.
We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you're good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.
What destroys more self-confidence than any other educational thing in America is being assigned to some remedial math when you get into some college, and then it's not taught very well and you end up with this sense of, 'Hey, I can't really figure those things out.'
Employers have decided that having the breadth of knowledge that's associated with a four-year degree is often something they want to see in the people they give that job to.
The tool that's most associated with the recent progress against malaria is the long-lasting bed net. Bed nets are a fantastic innovation. But we can do even better. We can invent new ways to control the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.
In a budget, how important is art versus music versus athletics versus computer programming? At the end of the day, some of those trade-offs will be made politically.
The Center for Disease Control started out as the malaria war control board based in Atlanta. Partly because the head of Coke had some people out to his plantation, and they got infected with malaria, and partly 'cause all the military recruits were coming down and having a higher fatality rate from malaria while training than in the field.
The mainstream is always under attack.
The thing about HD-DVD that is attractive to Microsoft is that it's very pro-consumer in letting you copy all movies up onto the hard disk.
The most impactful dollars that Australia can spend are actually what goes to help the poorest.
There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.
According to Ethiopian custom, parents wait to name a baby because children often die in the first weeks of life.
K to 12 is partly about babysitting the kids so the parents can do other things.
Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
In the long run, your human capital is your main base of competition. Your leading indicator of where you're going to be 20 years from now is how well you're doing in your education system.