How do you know that? Maybe many people admire him for building such a towering business as Microsoft. Besides, take a look at the full poll (Gates comes in at position 5). Obama is at the top and I can tell you more about what Bill Gates did to get there than I can Barak Obama. And if you object to that, note that George W. Bush is in at position #2. Should either of these people be held more highly than the scientists and engineers who contribute to the knowledge of the nation, or the entrepreneurs who bring in vast amounts of wealth to it through innovative products?
The nation? Who cares about a "nation"? Hey, I agree with your points, scientists and engineers should be admired more, but how about substituting "nation" for "world? There are humans with problems in other "countries" too.
The simplest currently known (only) proof of FLT required damn near every scrap of mathematics that's been invented since it was stated
Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, isn't it? I'm betting it didn't require even 1% of all number theory invented, let alone all math. And even then, there many, many problems which are harder to understand than even P != NP that have been solved (just look at anything in algebraic geometry involving schemes and you'll see what I'm talking about).
To assume that robots will do what is good for its closest competition is to fly in the face of billions of years of natural selection.
Except that robots won't go through natural selection... Why do you think a thinking robot is more likely to care about "robot-kind" than "human-kind"? Because every species you see cares more for its own? That's the selfish gene acting. Those genes who made the carriers care for others with the same genes were more likely to go on. But of course, a human-build robot wouldn't go through that. It always amazes me that people can't think outside their own little instincts. Oooh, we shouldn't build robots because they will enslave us!! That's the stupidest idea ever. Robots, just as humans, do exactly what their programming tells them to do.
I don't think this is the solution. I hate windows as much as the next guy, and I hate the fact that it comes bundled with IE, but I don't think anyone (EU) should tell anyone else (microsoft) how they have to sell their particular combination of 0's and 1's.
I know this decision will benefit ME, but that's not the point.
The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.