'This Week' in History: A New Generation

Microsoft's Bill Gates discusses technology for a new generation of Americans

ByABC News
May 23, 2010, 8:29 AM

June 13, 2010— -- This week, Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates promoted his new proposal for Americans to invest in developing clean energy at press conferences and in a meeting with President Obama. In 1993, however, before Gates created one of the world's largest philanthropic foundations and inserted himself into the national political dialogue, he was known as the poster child for the rise of the digital revolution.

On January 3, 1993, as America was preparing to usher the (relatively) young Bill Clinton into the White House, "This Week with David Brinkley" examined the coming end of the baby boomer generation. Bill Gates, who had already amassed one of the world's largest levels of personal wealth, appeared on the show to discuss the role of technology in this generational transformation.

"If you grow up and you have the computer there, you have the idea of all these different channels of news that you can get into, where access is just taken for granted," Gates told ABC's David Brinkley, Sam Donaldson and George Will. "That creates a different mindset than the generation that's still a little afraid to dive in and understand what these machines can do."

Watch more of the interview including when Sam Donaldson presses Gates on his true net worth. And be sure to tune into "This Week" on Sunday as Jake Tapper sits down with the Microsoft co-founder to discuss America's efforts to develop clean and efficient energy.