The buisiness insider and many other newspapers reported a donation of $3 billion made by Mark Zuckerberg to cure all disease by the end of this century.
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced today that their foundation will donate $3 billion to fund a plan to “cure all disease” by the end of the 21st Century.
How stupid is that? This is absolutely ludicrous for at least two reasons:
- You have no chance to ever cure all disease. On the contrary as medicine progresses new diseases pop up require further research. For instance, the cure of diabetes is made possible by the introduction of insulin, but the long term application of insulin creates new disorder, such as neuropathy, retinopathy. It is as everywhere in science: with every solved question a plethora of new questions are created.There are exactly two reasons that at the end of the century we will have even more disease: better diagnosis and better therapy. If this foundation really wants to solve the problem of removing all disease, there is only one way to achieve it: disallowing any diagnosis and therapy and declare all humans to be healthy by definition, or even more preposterous: eradicate all humans from this planet. Any of these project, however, wouldn’t find my support.
- What a ridiculous sum of money? If you take into account that a development of a single medicament costs several hundred million dollars, so you may calculate that for this sum only and handful of new drugs can be launched and this is certainly not enough to cure all disease. Also this sum is ridiculously small given the net wealth of the Zuckerbergs.
In summary, this move exposes Mark’s simplicity, and it further supports my doubts in his intelligence and ingenuity. Even if he were a gifted programmer, what he claims to be, he would know that once you started a software project you will never get through with it.
Also it support my conviction that he is not the self-made billionaire that the media want to convince us, instead he is a billionaire made by others for a reasons that you have to find out by yourself.