Bill Gates Is a Huge Fan of Artificial Intelligence

While talk of ChatGPT and other forms of artificial intelligence has raised alarm bells recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates considers himself a fan. In a new essay on his personal blog, Gates calls AI “revolutionary” and places its existence on par with mobile phones and the internet.

“The whole experience was stunning,” writes Gates. “I knew I had just seen the most important advance in technology since the graphical user interface … The development of AI is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the Internet, and the mobile phone. It will change the way people work, learn, travel, get health care, and communicate with each other. Entire industries will reorient around it. Businesses will distinguish themselves by how well they use it.”

So he’s a fan, though he does note the potential issues with AI. “The world needs to make sure that everyone—and not just people who are well-off—benefits from artificial intelligence,” he says. “Governments and philanthropy will need to play a major role in ensuring that it reduces inequity and doesn’t contribute to it.”

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