Bill Gates on 2022: Optimisms and Worries

UTC by Ibukun Ogundare · 3 min read
Bill Gates on 2022: Optimisms and Worries
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Bill Gates said that distrust in the government is one of the issues to be worried about as we move into 2022.

Despite a rocky post-pandemic phase globally, American business magnates and billionaire Bill Gates is optimistic about 2022. Gates published an end-of-the-year blog post titled “Reasons for optimism after a difficult year,” where he made predictions on the end of the coronavirus pandemic and the gradual growth of the metaverse. Although the billionaire is positive about the occurrences to expect in the year 2022, he also has his fears which he talked about in the blog post.

Also, Gates discussed why reduced trust in institutions might be a challenge and what the climate conversation can teach the world about making progress. In addition, the businessman mentioned how the rapid digitization caused by the pandemic could shape the future.

The billionaire is optimistic that “the acute phase of the pandemic will come to a close sometime in 2022.”

He referred to the fact that billions of people are already vaccinated against COVID-19. As such, he believes that the world is gradually returning to normalcy. At the same time, he noted the challenge of convincing many people to take the coronavirus vaccine and continue to use their masks. Adding that the “Omicron variant is concerning,” he said that researchers are currently learning more about the spreading disease.

Bill Gates Says Distrust in the Government May Be a Challenge in 2022

However, Gates said that people’s distrust in the government might be a challenge that will disrupt the progress. The businessman said that distrust in the government is one of the issues to be worried about as we move into 2022. He urged public institutions to be frontiers in discussing climate change or taking any step to prevent another pandemic. Regardless of any action by the government, Gates wrote that:

“If your people don’t trust you, they’re not going to support major new initiatives. And when a major crisis emerges, they are less likely to follow guidance necessary to weather the storm.”

Even before the pandemic, a study by Pew Research Center revealed that many Americans do not trust the US government. According to the 2019 poll, 75% of the total respondents wrote that their fellow citizens’ trust in the federal government was shrinking. In the entrepreneur’s pinon, there is a need for quick intervention regarding the distrust among the people. He proceeded in saying:

“This is usually where I’d lay out my ideas for how we fix the problem. The truth is, I don’t have the answers. I plan to keep seeking out and reading others’ ideas, especially from young people. I’m hopeful that the generations who grew up online will have fresh ideas about how to tackle a problem that is so deeply rooted in the Internet.”

During the lockdown, there was a rise in the demand and use of computers. People all over the world had to stay at home, and they needed to connect to work. Gates said digitization would remain, and technologies would continue to get better with time.

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