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March 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Video: Bill Gates on America’s innovation and “fearful mood”

Donning his global statesman hat, Bill Gates spent time discussing America’s concerns about its future with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times.

Gates talked about paradoxes – such as polls showing that Americans see a bleaker future despite the huge amount of innovation in their country that will lead to advances in medicine, energy and other fields.

“There’s more innovation taking place in this country still than the whole rest of the world put together,” Gates said in a video of the chat. “Now over time that will shift and they’ll carry their more fair share of the burden, but in all these fields, the most interesting work is still largely in the United States.”

Gates also touched on concerns about the effect of polarization on U.S. government, a topic he raised during an October speech at the University of Washington that also highlighted opportunities being created by innovation.

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