Oh Bill

The documentary on Bill Gates’ life was really interesting but one part I found a bit disappointing.

Bill funded and advised a startup developing a new, small scale nuclear reactor.  The reactor had the potential to provide massive benefits to remote populations, reduce emissions and reduce fossil fuel use.  It was safer than existing reactor technology and could have made a real impact.  Unfortunately the project suffered a set back when US/China trade issues developed under Trump.

I was disappointed because they seemed to make no effort to share their work with people who could have continued.  So many positive things could have come from continuing to move forward.   Why was it more important to maintain control than to make sure things continued?

It looks like the project is still going, but if they had found a way around the setback, would we be closer to all those positive benefits today?

What’s more important, fixing the problem or staying in control?