In 2014 alone, he has supported research of the polio virus and the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa – and all this simultaneously with the creation of the stunning Institute for the study of artificial intelligence.
To fully understand the philosophy, explaining the generosity of Floor, you need to know about this one: all my life the Floor was unusually curious.
Even when we were kids, it seemed that he is interested in absolutely everything around.
Later, Paul dealt with various questions that at first glance seem unrelated.
He wanted to halt the killing of elephants, clean the oceans and to promote the concept of smart cities.
He financed the construction of housing for the homeless and arts education in the Puget sound (area in Washington state. – Forbes).
If you knew him, you would see the logic in the diversity of interests of the Floor.
He supported initiatives that interested him the most, in areas where he, in his opinion, could have the greatest impact.
Despite the fact that Paul cared about many different things, he was full of enthusiasm for each project. I would like to show you some photographs of different years, to explain what I mean.
I was eighth grade, when I first saw how much Paul can do to get involved.
On this photo you might think, if he was my teacher. But in reality, he was a senior – only for nearly three years older than me.
This teletype and brought us together. Our school, Lakesid, have a yard sale-flea market in order to raise money to buy a teletype.
We are obsessed with it.
The problem was that to use it was very expensive – $40 per hour! We had only one way to get that time at the computer to find the error in the system and use it.
In the end we got caught, but this story led us from Floor to the first official partnership: we have agreed with one company, which allowed us free use of computers, if we will look for vulnerability.
We spent almost all my free time, picking any device they could find. But in those days Paul was fascinated not only by computers.
This is a picture from his Yearbook. He always loved to read, and he chose all of these books.
I know it’s hard to see, but among these books is “the Dubliners” by James Joyce, books of philosophy and physics and the Bible.
And in this stack is not even his favorite genre: science fiction. I thought I read a lot of science fiction, but he eclipsed me. “The moon is a harsh mistress”, all the books of Heinlein, a series of “Base” – we visited him at home to dig into his collection and make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Paul’s father worked as an assistant librarian at the University of Washington. Every time I go to their house, there were a lot of books. Gender and because so many read it, he knew a lot about many things.
Once I became interested in – you will not believe – gasoline. I didn’t understand what it means “refining”.
So I went to the most knowledgeable man I knew. Paul explained everything very clearly and entertainingly.
On top Floor was cooler than me. He played guitar, he loved Jimi Hendrix, and I remember he played me a song Are You Experienced? I at that time didn’t have much experience in anything.
But Paul was so excited about this album, I wanted to share with me. His early love of music and pop culture in General – would later have a great influence on his charitable work.
One day soon after this picture was made when Paul and I were both in Boston – he insisted on getting together to run to the nearest newspaper kiosk.
He wanted to show me the cover of the issue of Popular Electronics for January 1975.
It was a picture of the new Altair 880 that was working on an all new powerful processor. I remember he was holding a magazine and said, “All this is happening without us!”
Paul has always been able to see the full picture. It before most people realized that the growth of the power of microprocessors, their potential is limited only by software.
His ability to think creatively and solve complex problems was crucial for the early success of Microsoft.
This photo was taken when our company started to grow and we moved from Albuquerque to Seattle.
Across the hall from our Floor of the offices was a large room. There were tables with different machines, and it was there that Paul had done most of our work.
In this photo exactly those cars, which we used to develop most of the first Microsoft software.
In those days, we intently worked, but the Floor continued to be interested in other things.
And when he left the company, he began to explore these areas so as I could only half.
One day we were watching a basketball game “Seattle Supersonics”. Paul turned and asked did I think that someone can just buy the team.
I decided that it was a joke! None of those who studied with us in school, I never thought that one day Gender will become the owner of a sports team.
But in 1988, he bought the “Portland trail Blazers”. A few years later – “Seattle Seahawks”.
“Seahawks” was later proved to be a valuable asset, but he bought the team not so.
Then the owner announced the move “Seahawks” South California. The town was shocked.
Local authorities contacted the Floor. They knew that he was the only sports fan in the city who could afford to keep the team here.
At that time Gender was not a big fan of football. And the team was so-so.
But he wanted to help Seattle – so he took a chance and became the new owner of “Seahawks”. Obviously, the transaction was successful.
Paul has done a lot for the city. He loved our hometown and always wanted to make it better.
He donated millions to help homeless people and helped turn a vacant lot in the center of one of the busiest areas of the city.
He founded the great Museum of pop culture, to support local alternative radio station and even saved the Cinerama theater, where we went in childhood.
The University of Washington was named in his honor, the faculty of Informatics for his contribution to the development of education.
In Seattle is that, I think, may be the most significant achievement of Sex: Institute Allen.
Paul always wanted to push the boundaries of science.
He did it when we were testing the CPU capabilities at Microsoft, and he continues to do so today, even after his death, through research conducted at the Institute of Allen.
When I first heard that it creates an organization to study neuroscience, I thought, “of course!”
Gender from childhood was obsessed with how to understand the workings of the human mind. How does he learn? Will there ever be a program to do this?
An important step in creating software is to understand how the brain works. And the more you study, the more you see how little we in fact know.
Each of the divisions of the Allen Institute is working on unraveling the mysteries of the body.
In addition to the brain, the Institute has divisions who study the structure of cells, biological science and immunology. The latest initiative was launched in December last year, that is two months after the death of Paul. There is a separate Institute which has been studying artificial intelligence for the greater good.
They are now in the early stages of research. I would like to have time to see how much good has brought his generosity.
He was one of the most wise, brilliant and curious people I have ever met.
He deserved to live many years – although no one will say that he bad lived his life.
When he became one of the first participants of the “Oath of donation”, he said, “Our value is determined in the end is not money, but how we serve society.”
With this perspective, Paul’s life was infinitely valuable. I will miss him terribly.
Translation Natalia Balabanchevo.
A speech delivered at the event by Forbes, bill gates later published in my own blog. He wrote that friendship with Allen changed his life.
My friendship with Paul Allen changed my life. I loved sharing some of my favorite stories about him (and a few old photos!) at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit yesterday: https://t.co/3i6SFNg9q4 pic.twitter.com/t2t7yTBVie
– Bill Gates (@BillGates) June 28, 2019