MicrosoftChairmanBillGatesstopsataboothtoobservetheworkofBraziliancompanyEcovec,oneof25TechMuseumInnovationAwardsLaureatesrecognizedforapplyingtechnologytobenefithumanityinfivecategorieshealth,education,environment,economicdevelopmentandequality。

ThepoweroftechnologytoeffectsweepingchangeremainedinsharpfocusthroughoutthedayasGatesparticipatedintheTechNetInnovationSummitheldatStanfordUniversity。

TheannualeventbroughttogetheranumberofU。

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technologybusinessleaderstodiscussemergingindustrytrendsandpublicpoliciesthatwillshapethenationsfuture。

InadiscussionledbyjournalistCharlieRose,GatesspokeaboutMicrosoft,thetechindustry,philanthropyandtheneedtofuelinnovationandmaintainAmericascompetitiveedgeintheglobalmarketplace。

GlobalHumanitarianAward

GatesendedhisdayinSiliconValleyattheTechMuseumofInnovationannualawardsdinner,wherehereceivedthe2006JamesC。

MorganGlobalHumanitarianAward。

Gatesremarksfocusedontheimpactthattechnologycanhaveintermsofdeliveringsolutionstosomeofsocietysmostintractableproblems。

InkeepingwiththethemeofTechnologyBenefitingHumanity,Gatespraisedthe25laureatesoftheTechMuseum,salutingtheireffortstotaketherightapproachbylookingathumanneedsasastartingpoint,thenfiguringouthowtechnologycanreduceinequalityandthesufferingitcauses。

Theyreshowingthattechnologydoesnthavetobecomplicatedorevenexpensive,GatestoldtheaudienceattheAwardsgala。

Thatsthebeautyoftechnology,thatitcanbesimplethatisthebesttechnology。