Microsoft founder Bill Gates brushed away “crazy” conspiracy theories about himself, 5G and coronavirus vaccines during an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Reddit, where he promoted his new book and sung the praises of synthetic meat.
Gates fielded questions from Redditors during the online Q&A on Friday, doing his best to hawk his latest volume on climate change in the process. However, it didn’t take long before netizens pressed him on conspiracy-minded allegations that he is involved in a shadowy plot to implant microchips in unwitting vaccine recipients.
“I am innocent!” Gates protested, adding “The whole thing about 5G and microchips is pretty crazy. Why would I want to do that?”
Gates later said “fake news” and “disinformation” online is a “huge issue,” observing that “Some false information is more interesting than the truth so digital channels seem to magnify echo chambers with bad facts.”
The billionaire also took the opportunity to extol the virtues of synthetic meat, promoting it in several different replies as a “green product” and a way to reduce one’s “carbon footprint.” He has repeatedly hailed artificial meats in the past, recently suggesting that “all rich countries” ought to move to “100-percent synthetic beef.”
“You can get used to the taste difference,” Gates told an interviewer last month, in a slightly off-putting endorsement.
Addressing a question about population growth and its effect on climate change – another area where theories about Gates run rampant – the former Microsoft exec said that “fortunately,” growth slows “when countries improve health and get to middle income levels.”
“So we should help moderate population growth with aid for health, education and good governance,” he went on, forecasting that the world population would peak at 10 billion so long as world powers are “generous to the poorest countries.”
He later hinted at apocalyptic consequences if climate change is not tackled, saying “We won’t be able to support a large population if it gets a lot warmer” while predicting an massive outflow of migration from areas made “unlivable” by the rising temperatures.
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