Ithaca, N.Y. — “A Conversation with Bill Gates: Considering the Future of Higher Education” took place Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Bailey Hall on Cornell’s campus.

Hundreds of students waited patiently outside of Bailey Hall.

Cornell President David J. Skorton introduced the Microsoft founder and moderated the conversation.

Gates spoke on a range of issues related to technology, including its place in the fields of health and communications.

Asked what advice he would give to the next Bill Gates in the audience, Gates responded: “Well, you have to think of something I didn’t think of…come up with something radical.”

“Education has never been about just the knowledge being available…you have to create the social environment,” Gates said.

One student asked, “is it true you can leap over a chair from a standing position?”

Gates responded, “I think I could…but the liability’s too high.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.