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Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking, but not with bitcoin

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Bill and Melinda Gates’ to-do list will probably put yours to shame. This year, in the Gates Foundation annual letter, the duo outlined their long-term, 15-year roadmap for the challenges that they want to solve. Their four main goals:

  • Health: Reducing the number of children who die before the age of five and the number of women who die in childbirth while eradicating diseases like polio.
  • Farming: Educating farmers and advancing farming techniques to curb malnutrition and reduce poverty levels.
  • Finance: Bringing mobile banking to developing countries to help people secure and make spending and sharing money easy.
  • Education: Using smartphones and tablets to bring online education to the poor while empowering women and teachers.

Ambitious is an understatement for the list, but it doesn’t mean it’s unachievable. Whether its drinking purified poop water to draw attention to sanitation problems or helping India eradicate polio, the Gateses have…

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