Bill Gates, founder of tech giant Microsoft, will be featured as the guest editor of The Verge for the month of February and will also be narrating a series of animated films for the tech site. Before February kicks off, the visionary spoke to The Verge about how he thinks technology will improve the world in the next 15 years. 

In an in depth interview (video above), Gates discusses how technological advances in education, farming and banking can all bring about vast change to the world's poverty problem – making the bold claim that the next 15 years will see the greatest decrease in poverty rates, compared with any other period of history. 

Gates is advocating the scientific advancement of agriculture and medicine, and discussed the ways in which farming can become more efficient, particularly in Africa. The leading idea is to get 'quality' seeds to farmers, to help them endure challenging environments, such as drought. When pressed by The Verge interviewer, Gates conceded that this means GMO's (genetically modified organisms), which although FDA approved in the US, are still a controversial issue. Many believe that seeds that are scientifically and unnaturally modified to grow with 'benefits', such as; self administered pesticides, do more physical harm than good to consumers. Gates asserted that the seeds, medicines and vaccines should be made available to the countries that need them, on a sliding scale of cost, but each country will independently verify the safety of them.

Gates went on to talk about how mobile technology will play a leading part in how the world banks in future, pledging that small transaction that are often loss-making for conventional debit card and credit card vendors, can become more economical when integrated into mobile technology. And education will benefit dramatically, by more efficiently and interactively connecting great teachers with the students that most need them. 

How do you think technology can change the world in the next 15 years? Where do you stand on GMO's, are they the answer to the worlds hunger or the start of a new wave of health problems? Will physical credit and debit cards soon be a thing of the past, as banking becomes more and more integrated into mobile technology?