According to Gates, there has never been a better time to prepare
MUNICH, Germany (INTELLIHUB) — Billionaire and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates briefed world leaders and others at the Munich Security Conference last Saturday on emerging megatrends which Gates said could lead to the demise of the human race.
Gates told Vice President Michael Pence and other attendees that bioterrorism would be far more deadly than a nuclear war by comparison.
“The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus, or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu,” Gates told officials. “Getting ready for a global pandemic is every bit as important as nuclear deterrence and avoiding a climate catastrophe.”
Before his speech, the richest man in the world told the Telegraph that although natural epidemics have been known to be deadly, “intentionally caused epidemics, bioterrorism, would be the” deadliest of all.
“With nuclear weapons, you’d think you would probably stop after killing 100million. Smallpox won’t stop. Because the population is naïve, and there are no real preparations. That, if it got out and spread, would be a larger number.”
According to Gates, breakthrough advancements in the genetic engineering field have made it easy for just about any science-savvy person to develop a bioweapon.
“Biology is making it way easier to create these things.”
Gates said that he anticipates such an event to occur within the next 15 years.
“Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years”
“You might be wondering how real these doomsday scenarios really are. The fact that a deadly global pandemic has not occurred in recent history shouldn’t be mistaken for evidence that a deadly pandemic will not occur in the future. And even if the next pandemic isn’t on the scale of the 1918 flu, we would be wise to consider the social and economic turmoil that might ensue if something like ebola made its way into urban centers.”
The Guardian reported that “US and UK intelligence agencies have said that Islamic State has been trying to develop biological weapons at its bases in Syria and Iraq,” but have “played down” the revelation order to quell any fears the general public may have.
All in all, Gates said that there has never been a better time for both governments and individuals to prepare.
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