Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates discussed the coming paradigm shift of artificial intelligence technology in an op-ed titled “The Age of A.I. has begun” on “The Blog of Bill Gates.”
Gates, who developed personal computers several decades ago, said he beleived t OpenAI’s language generation artificial intelligence tools would revolutionize the way society functions.
“I’ve seen two demonstrations of technology that struck me as revolutionary,” Gates wrote.
“The first time was in 1980, when I was introduced to a graphical user interface—the forerunner of every modern operating system, including Windows,” he added.
According to Gates, the second big surprise was the advancement in OpenAI’s ChatGPT last year.
“The development of A.I. is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the Internet, and the mobile phone,” he said.
“It will change the way people work, learn, travel, get health care, and communicate with each other.”
Gates said he’s been in contact with OpenAI for seven years.
Last year he challenged the team to train the chatbot to pass the Advanced Placement biology exam.
Months later, Gates confirmed the bot could pass a college-level biology course.
The result prompted Gates to contemplate the future A.I.
“This inspired me to think about all the things that A.I. can achieve in the next five to 10 years.”
However, A.I. could be a tool for extreme censorship.
In February, Gates touted the power of artificial intelligence in combatting’ digital misinformation.’
During an interview with Handelsblatt, Gates responded to a question regarding “misinformation” via A.I. by referring to the events of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
“I’m certainly concerned about political polarization, and I know the U.S. situation best of all. I wouldn’t have expected people to attack the Capitol, or people to deny the validity of election results. I’m in a state of shock about that,” Gates said.
“We can’t blame A.I. for that. That happened. It may have been magnified by digital channels that allow various conspiracy theories like QAnon or whatever to be blasted out by people who wanted to believe those things,” Gates added.
“So, the digital tools may have played an auxiliary role,” Gates continued.
“You’ll have to take A.I. into consideration” to “solve the digital misinformation [problem].”