There were two main impressions of the talk, both not typical of the technological giant’s image. People came away deeply inspired and amused. Take a look:
Gates is such an inspiring change agent. I wish that more people in the world took action 2 make change. What a world it would b! #TED — leighleighsf
Bill Gates a comedian! Talking about malaria. Pretended to loose mosquitoes from jar. “Not only poor people shd have the experience” — helenwalters
Bill Gates: “I am an optimist. Every problem can be solved. And there some important ones out there.” — heartnsoul
Anderson opened an Apple computer in front of Gates as Gates was saying “there needs to be a diversity of ideas.” Everyone laughs. — laureltouby
Gates: I’m as engaged in the new job as I ever was in software; these are amazing issues … it’s magic in the same way software was. — samwise
Gates seems to have found a winning combination — hope and humor.
Photo: TED / James Duncan Davidson