Mark Zuckerberg says most people in Silicon Valley have one of two reactions to his $3 billion pledge to end disease
In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan pledged a $3 billion donation to “cure all disease.”
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Zuckerberg said the reception he’s received is either one of two things: he should focus on something else or be less ambitious with his goals.
But Zuckerberg isn’t deterred — he thinks there’s an upside to speeding up the increase in life expectancy, and he believes the framework behind his plan will do just that.
In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made a significant step toward humankind: Announcing that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will donate $3 billion to fund a plan to “cure all disease.”
According to Chan, a pediatrician, the goal is not for no one to ever get sick, but to drastically reduce the frequency and severity of global disease.
In the two years since, Zuckerberg has soaked up a range of criticism and response to this ambitious objective. In a recent in-depth interview with the The New Yorker, Zuckerberg said people in Silicon Valley react in one of two ways:
“A bunch of people have the reaction of ‘Oh, that’s obviously going to happen on its own — why don’t you just spend your time doing something else?’ And then a bunch of people have the reaction of ‘Oh, that seems almost impossible — why are you setting your sights so high?'”
But Zuckerberg is one for a challenge. The foundation intends to make riskier projects possible for scientists, even if they won’t yield results for 20 or 50 years. “They want to give medical scientists the opportunity to work like coders in an ambitious Silicon Valley …read more
Source:: Business Insider