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Gates: The World Needs Computers And More

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who became the richest man in the world through technology, says computers are one of many ways to improve the world.

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, who became the richest man in the world through technology, says computers are one of many ways to improve the world.

In an upcoming National Public Radio show, "This I Believe," Gates discusses his continued passion for computers.

"I believe that computers are the most incredible tool we can use to feed our curiosity and inventiveness -- to help us solve problems that even the smartest people couldn't solve on their own," Gates said on the show that airs on the Sept. 19 edition of NPR's "All Things Considered."

Beyond computers, Gates believes there are many other ways to improve the world.

"I'm excited by the possibilities I see for medicine, for education and of course for technology," Gates said. "And I believe that through our natural inventiveness, creativity and willingness to solve tough problems, we're going to make some amazing achievements in all these areas in my lifetime."

Gates, chairman and chief software architect for Microsoft, also founded, along with his wife, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds global health, education and public library projects. "This I Believe" is a weekly series of personal essays about core values and beliefs. Other participants have included former Secretary of State Colin Powell, director Errol Morris and authors John Updike and Isabel Allende.

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