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Gates calls for better disease modeling software

c|net reported in an article last week that Bill Gates has called for better software for a range of problems, including nuclear software and disease modeling

“There’s no disease-modeling software,” he said, speaking at the end of the three-day Techonomy conference here. “There is none. Why is flu seasonal? We don’t know.”

Gates said he aims to make sure that gap is filled, supporting development of the tools needed to do such modeling, while he also wants to use modeling to further explore nuclear power options, such as the Terrapower effort he is backing. “On paper it’s quite amazing but it is hard to go from here to there,” he said.

Gates said he also plans to offer up the modeling software package for free for others to use.

Those of you at the intersection of computing and systems modeling might be interested in hitting up Gates for a couple Benjamins.

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