The geeks shall rescue the Earth?
Wired has an unusually effusive piece of praise for Bill Gates and others like him (meaning geeks like us I suppose):
Which brings me back to Gates. The guy is practically a social cripple, and at times he has seemed to lack human empathy. But he's also a geek, and geeks are incredibly good at thinking concretely about giant numbers. Their imagination can scale up and down the powers of 10 "mega, giga, tera, peta" because their jobs demand it.
So maybe that's why he is able to truly understand mass disease in Africa. We look at the huge numbers and go ...