Do Algorithms Run Your Life – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Commits $10 Billion for Vaccine Research Over the Next 10
Posted Jan 29 2010 12:23pm
This is a double hit here today from the Davos World Economic Forum. They are discussing which Algorithms are running our lives, check out the meaning of the word here on the blog, it’s smack dab in the center if you don’t know what these are! Microsoft was built on them and so are so many of the decision we make today inside and outside healthcare. Mr. Gates wouldn’t be sitting where he is today without those algorithms:)
In short, algorithmic processes are here to stay and we need to learn how to live with this process and educate ourselves on where they can benefit, like the creation of life saving drugs for one, and on the other hand be aware of algorithms for greed only, both kinds are out there, so be alert and read up. Everyone somewhat has maybe laughed or not quite understood this process, but let’s face it, they are on the agenda of DAVOS with world leaders talking about them, think it’s time to tune in?
Be sure to visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation page to watch a video on how their donation will help research. Public/Private partnerships are an important part of why the project will be a success. Research and cures depend on technology and algorithmic formulas to find the answers, so the right algorithms can be your best friend and treat or cure your disease. The Gates are asking for the commitment of the global community to help in the cause. Vaccines are the focus and they way to save lives. Algorithms have been kind to Bill Gates for sure and now the knowledge contained and well as generous donations are being shared for the betterment of human kind. Under the related section below are a few other past posts on what the foundation is doing and has committed to. BD
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Bill and Melinda Gates announced today that their foundation will commit $10 billion over the next 10 years to help research, develop and deliver vaccines for the world’s poorest countries.
The Gates said that increased investment in vaccines by governments and the private sector could help developing countries dramatically reduce child mortality by the end of the decade, and they called for others to help fill critical financing gaps in both research funding and childhood immunization programs.
“We must make this the decade of vaccines,” said Bill Gates. “Vaccines already save and improve millions of lives in developing countries. Innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before.”
Bill and Melinda Gates made their announcement at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, where they were joined by Julian Lob-Levyt, CEO of the GAVI Alliance.
Many of the recent advances in vaccine development and delivery have been driven by public-private partnerships such as the GAVI Alliance and the Rotavirus Vaccine Program at PATH, which coordinate the resources and expertise of vaccine companies, donors, UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and developing countries. Mr. Gates said these partnerships are “transforming the business of vaccines.”