Bill Gates has given considerable attention to artificial intelligence, and he has now written down his ideas. The co-founder of Microsoft outlined his thoughts on the future of AI in a seven-page letter titled “The Age of AI has Started” on Tuesday. As with the personal computer, microprocessor, internet, and cell phone, he claimed that the development of AI was fundamental.
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The letter was delivered on the same day that Google unveiled Bard, its AI chatbot, joining Microsoft‘s Bing in the AI arms race, and a week after OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, revealed the eagerly awaited GPT-4 iteration of their AI model. Bill Gates has already stated his excitement about the possible uses of AI, such as as a tutor in the classroom and a resource for those without easy access to doctors in terms of medical advice.
The letter from the billionaire also included his worries about the creation of superintelligent, or powerful, AI that might “create their own agendas,” as AI technology improves, as well as the possibility that humans will abuse it. In the letter, Gates elaborated on these ideas by stating his opinions on how AI may be used as a tool to boost human productivity as well as to address global inequalities in the workplace, healthcare, and education.
The idea of using AI as a “digital personal assistant” in the workplace to increase employee productivity is one that Gates discussed in February. When included in digital work tools like Microsoft Office, AI might help with email management and writing, Gate said. He claimed that these AI-generated “personal agents” might serve as resources for workers to engage with because they are well-versed in their firm and industry.
According to Gates, “GPT’s capacity for thinking expression will increasingly resemble having a white-collar expert available to assist you with a variety of tasks.” Gates believes AI in healthcare could relieve staff of insurance claims, paperwork, and patient notes. Gates believes AI could help healthcare workers in developing nations treat patients better. He said many in those nations “never get to see a doctor.” Gates believes AI could help remote patients.
Gates says AI is already used in healthcare to evaluate medical data and create pharmaceuticals, but the next generation of AI technologies may help predict prescription side effects and dose levels. Gates suggested that AI could design seeds and vaccines for crops and livestock in poor countries to cope with harsh weather and climate change. Gates predicted that AI could transform education in five to ten years by personalizing content and learning what motivates and demotivates students. AI could assist teachers in lesson planning and assessment. It will support classroom work, not replace it.
In order to ensure that pupils from low-income households are not left behind, Gates argued that low-income schools both in the US and around the world will need to have equal access to AI. Teachers will need to modify their lessons to accommodate students’ usage of new technologies in the classroom, such as GPT. Gates cited a situation in which a teacher permitted a student to create an essay using Google Docs that they would later need to edit.