Bill Gates makes a prediction about when coronavirus cases will peak. How often is he right?


Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, weighs in on the coronavirus pandemic, saying the number of US cases has not yet peaked and the country won’t likely be able to return to normal life by April. How I hope he is utterly mistaken!

But he has a history of predicting things and a few years ago he predicted this:

In the next 15 years, 33 million people could be wiped out in less than a year by a pathogen.

At the Munich Security conference, in 2017 Gates warned that “epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year.” This could be due to mutation, accident, or terrorist intent. While this may seem outlandish, similar events have occurred before: the most obvious example is the Black Death, which killed almost a third of Europe, but more recently, in 1918, the Spanish Flu wiped out between 50 and 100 million people.

And if we go back to 1999 he predicted all these things! — It’s scary how accurate he was

In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled “Business @ the Speed of Thought.”

In the book, Gates made 14 predictions. Think back to 1999 and remember most of us didn’t have a computer, much less a cell phone. Of course, he was designing most of the world’s software so he did have the inside track! Read more about these predictions here.

Price comparison sites – Check

Mobile devices – Duh

Instant payments and financing online, better healthcare through the web – Check

Personal assistants and the Internet of Things – Hey Siri! Alexa

Online home-monitoring – ADT and that Nest thingy

Social media – do you call anyone anymore?

Automated promotional offers – those ads know what I want before I do!

Live sports discussion sites – Twitter wins here

Links to sites during live TV – think sports again

Online discussion boards – Live discussions have moved from chatrooms to the front of the internet with Facebook Live, Twitter, Instagram etc.

Interest-based online sites – Australian Cattle Dogs for eva!

Project-management software – workflow software makes teams more efficient

Online recruiting – everyone does this now.

Business community software to bid on jobs – Check