Bill Gates: Never surrender to complexity
―― 比尔•盖茨:世界多么不平等 想法改变
President Bok, former President Rudenstine, incoming President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers,
members of the faculty, parents, and especially, the graduates:
I've been waiting more than 30 years to say this: "Dad, I always told you I'd come back and get my degree."
I want to thank Harvard for this timely honor.I'll be changing my job next year …
and it will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume.
I applaud the graduates today for taking a much more direct route
to your degrees. For my part, I'm just happy that the Crimson has called me "Harvard's most successful dropout."
I guess that makes me valedictorian of my own special class …
I did the best of everyone who failed.
But I also want to be recognized as the guy who got Steve Ballmer
to drop out of business school. I'm a bad influence.
That's why I was invited to speak at your graduation.
If I had spoken at your orientation, fewer of you might be here today.
Harvard was just a phenomenal experience for me.
Academic life was fascinating.
I used to sit in on lots of classes I hadn't even signed up for.
And dorm life was terrific. I lived up at Radcliffe, in Currier House. There were always lots of people in my dorm room late at night discussing things, because everyone knew I didn't worry about getting up in the morning.
That's how I came to be the leader of the anti-social group.
We clung to each other as a way of validating our rejection of all those social people.
Radcliffe was a great place to live. There were more women up there,
and most of the guys were science-math types.
That combination offered me the best odds, if you know what I mean. This is where I learned the sad lesson
that improving your odds doesn't guarantee success.
One of my biggest memories of Harvard came in January 1975,
when I made a call from Currier House to a company in Albuquerque
that had begun making the world's first personal computers.
I offered to sell them software.