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Elon Musk Shares 1995 Clip Of Bill Gates Being Mocked For Backing Internet As Next Big Thing

Claire Reid

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Elon Musk Shares 1995 Clip Of Bill Gates Being Mocked For Backing Internet As Next Big Thing

Elon Musk has shared a clip from 1995 showing Bill Gates appearing to get mocked for showing his support for the Internet. I think we know who got the last laugh here, don’t we?

The unearthed clip was shared on This Week In Startups TikTok account - @this_week_in_startups - and sees Jason Calacanis watching the old clip from The David Letterman Show

In the clip, Gates is asked: “What about this internet thing? Do you know anything about that?” To which he replies: “Sure.” 


The audience then started to chuckle as Letterman asked: “What the hell is it exactly?”

Gates explained: “Well, it’s become a place where people are publishing information so everybody can have their own homepage, companies are there, the latest information… it’s wild what’s going on. You can send electronic mail to people. 

“It is the big new thing.”

However, Letterman didn't seem to be convinced and admitted to not fully understanding the whole thing. 

Letterman replied: “Yeah, but you know it’s easy to criticise something you don’t fully understand, which is my position here. But I can remember a couple of months ago, there was, like, a big breakthrough announcement that on the Internet, or on some computer deal, they were going to broadcast a baseball game. 

“You could listen to a baseball game on your computer and I just thought to myself, ‘does radio ring a bell?”

At this point, the mid-90s audience broke out into laughter as Gates attempted to explain the difference between the two, adding: “It’s not a huge difference, but you can listen to the baseball game whenever you want, too.”

Bill Gates had the last laugh. Credit: Alamy
Bill Gates had the last laugh. Credit: Alamy

Letterman then asked if it’s ‘stored in one of your memory deals’, which Gates confirmed was the case. 

The TV host then asked: “Do tape recorders ring a bell?” Barely, mate, if I’m being honest. 

Billionaire Musk shared the TikTok video on his Twitter account while asking: “Given the almost unimaginable nature of the present, what will the future be?”

And it’s fair to say the clip has certainly got people thinking - sharing the tweet, one person wrote: “I think about this every time. This was just 26 years ago.”

Another said: “It stuns me that all of this has happened in less than a lifetime. We went from no internet to this massive connectivity and opportunity in less than a lifetime.”

While a third added: “Never take anybody that doubts human ingenuity seriously. Human beings can do anything.”

Featured Image Credit: CBS

Topics: Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Technology

Claire Reid
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