Watch Bill Gates Explain Why Washington Is Irrelevant

By Emma Green

On Wednesday, Bill Gates joined Atlantic Editor in Chief James Bennet for a wide-ranging conversation on the future of education, the state of the tech sector, and U.S. foreign aid. The billionaire philanthropist expressed amazement at how much Americans disapprove of their government, but he thinks innovations in public health, education, and business will keep happening—with or without the assistance of elected leaders.

"A lot of the things that will really improve the world fortunately aren't dependent on Washington doing something different," he said.

A full recording of the interview is above.

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