Yahoo has posted segments from a interview ABC News’ Bill Weir conducted recently with Bill Gates.
In one of the segments, Gates talks about his visit with Steve Jobs at Jobs’ home before he died, in which the two tech titans reminisced for hours. “It was a great, relaxed conversation,” Gates said, in which they talked about everything from other companies that had come along to their families and “how lucky we’d both been in terms of the women we’d married.”
When asked how Jobs’ death affected him, Gates replied:
It’s very strange to have somebody who’s so vibrant and made such a huge presence and been kind of a constant presence — to have him die. And it’s a huge milestone — very sad not to have his talents … very sad for his kids, whom I’ve gotten to know a little bit — great kids. It makes you feel like: “Wow, we’re getting old,” and yet you look back and think about the great opportunities we had to have a big impact.
In reply to a question on whether that gives Gates an added sense of urgency, he said:
I hope I still have quite a bit of time for the focus I have now, which is the philanthropic work. There are drugs we’re investing in now that won’t be out for 15 years. … I’m hoping — malaria eradication — I need a couple of decades here to fulfill that opportunity.
I don’t think of myself as fading away. But it reminds you that you’ve got to pick important stuff because you only have a limited time.
Here’s more from that segment of the interview:
Gates also talked about a wide range of other topics, including (in the video below) a typical Saturday night at home and emerging technologies.
The family watches a lot of movies, he says. “Roman Holiday” is a particular, mutual favorite, and he and his son like to watch James Bond movies.
Gates talks about how robots are still currently a minor phenomenon but how the underlying technology — including sensors and cost of mechnical pieces — are all getting better. Rich, more natural interactions — like motion sensing with Microsoft’s Kinect and voice sensing with the iPhone’s Siri — are part of it. “I think that’s where people underestimate,” he said. “If you take a decade, there will be some big, big changes that come from that.”
Here’s that segment of the interview:
Other segments of the interview — including Gates talking about polio eradication, feeding the world’s poor, education and other topics — are posted on Yahoo here.
The full interview with Gates will air on ABC’s Nightline at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday.
(Videos from Yahoo!News and ABC News)