Have Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates Come Up with a Solution to the Energy Crisis?
What rich guys think about in their spare time.
So Bill and Jeff are sitting around the fireplace at Bill’s place one evening, sipping wine and chatting about this and that. Jeff is impressed that Bill has a 50-car garage, and a house with lots of windows. Bill is impressed by the valuation of Jeff’s company stock.
The conversation bounces from theme to theme until Bill finally asks, “What are you doing to save the world?”
Jeff reflects on his childhood and recalls a game he used to play with a balloon in which he would keep tapping it upward toward the ceiling so as to keep it from touching the ground. If it hit the ground the world would blow up. In other words, it was a game with high stakes. Of course high stakes is what made the game exhilarating. Bill listens quietly as Jeff relates this childhood experience.
“Everything will end at one time or another,” Bill says. “I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
“Me neither,” Jeff said. “That’s why I called you tonight. I’ve had a really hot idea. It’s going to take some capital, but you know how it is. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Jeff shared his idea, and Bill nodded.
“Nuclear fusion,” Bill said, pondering the sound of the words as he repeated the phrase. “I like it.”
Will nuclear fusion be the energy of the future? Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates have thrown a few million tokens into the pot with a handful of others to invest in a startup called General Fusion. The goal is to provide energy for the one billion people in the world who do not yet have energy.
“Can you imagine? If we pull this off, your original dream for Microsoft can actually happen. Every home in the world will be able to have a personal computer.”
“Yes,” Bill added, “And Amazon will have one billion more potential customers.”
“I’ll drink to that,” Jeff said, lifting his glass.
“Wait. I should fetch a bottle of Chateau Petrus 2015 red,” Bill interrupted.
“Just a sec,” Jeff said, setting his glass on an oak end table. “What about Heaven’s Door? You wouldn’t — “
“I do,” said Bill. “Do you prefer the Tennessee Bourbon or the Double Barrel Whiskey?”
Jeff laughs. “I like the Straight Rye.”
“Rye not,” Bill says, chuckling at his own wry humor.
There’s no record of how the rest of the evening went…. for what it’s worth, here’s the rest of the story.
Follow the link below to see what it’s really all about.
Will Nuclear Fusion Be the Energy of the Future?
EdNote: Other than the links, this blog post is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to what really happened is purely coincidence.
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Originally published at pioneerproductions.blogspot.com on March 12, 2019.