Bill Gates calls the current AI craze one of two revolutionary moments he's seen in tech

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates compared the importance of the current AI boom to the creation of microprocessors, the Internet, and mobile phones.

Bill Gates is the latest to share his extended opinions on the possibilities and opportunities of the current AI technology craze. The former Microsoft CEO and philanthropist recently dropped a blog post addressing the tech and called it one of two revolutionary moments he’s seen in the tech industry in his life. He also went on to compare the importance of AI tech to other pivotal moments such as the Internet, mobile phones, and microprocessors.

Gates shared his extended thoughts on the AI trend in a post on his personal blog on March 21, 2023. In the post titled The Age of AI has begun, Bill Gates calls what he’s seen in technology one of the two revolutionary moments in technology he’s seen, the first being the first time he was shown a graphical user interface (GUI) on a personal computer.

ChatGPT-powered Bing
OpenAI's ChatGPT made waves when it was integrated into the Bing search engine, helping fuel a craze in the tech industry to expand and integrate AI technology elsewhere.
Source: Microsoft

Bill Gates goes on to write that he feels there are numerous sectors that the growth of AI technology will assist heavily in. One such matter is environmental concerns such as climate change, which is highly relevant to the Gates Foundation, and he went on to tease that the Foundation is looking into ways to reasonably integrate AI into its mission and will have more to share in coming months.

Gates is one of the latest major tech personalities to opine heavily on AI. Nvidia’s Jensen Huang has been all for AI and supported its development and expansion fully. Meanwhile, Elon Musk has been a little more cautious of the subject and has suggested that AI technology needs better regulatory oversight. With the sudden expansion of this tech and the race by many companies to get in on it, it will be interesting to see more of what comes out of the boom. Stay tuned as we continue to follow for more news in AI technology.

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      March 22, 2023 9:42 AM

      "The other one was when we broke the 640K limit - boy, was that something. I remember it like it was yesterday."

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      March 22, 2023 7:17 PM

      Yep and he is right. What we are seeing is like what we saw with the start of the internet. It's going to totally change society.

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        March 22, 2023 7:22 PM

        I'm very doubtful that it will improve society, though

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          March 22, 2023 7:24 PM

          Depends on what you value and invest in.

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            March 22, 2023 7:54 PM

            Going by past experiences, all the gains in productivity and efficiency will probably be funneled to the wealthy shareholders and owners and the income inequality will grow. Automation moves forward. If we're lucky we'll get UBI just as climate change brings constant food shortages, migration conflicts, and the water wars start with AI-powered automated drones.

            It's just hard to get excited for AI when we have more pressing issues, and knowing that all the shiny cool stuff AI will bring comes the very bad stuff we that don't want to be bummed about cuz oo shiny

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          March 23, 2023 1:20 AM

          AI tailored to developing medications, understanding genomes, proteins, and identifying tumors would greatly improve how health care is provided. It'll save many lives.

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        March 22, 2023 7:57 PM

        Absolutely. Things will only get shittier from here!

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        March 23, 2023 1:22 AM

        Just like 3D TV did!

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      March 22, 2023 8:09 PM

      I see several ways in which AIs will improve health care and the medical field.

      For one thing, they’ll help health-care workers make the most of their time by taking care of certain tasks for them—things like filing insurance claims, dealing with paperwork, and drafting notes from a doctor’s visit. I expect that there will be a lot of innovation in this area.

      The people filing claims and paperwork aren't health care workers though? They are front office staff. If we are saying AI can improve health care by eliminating unit clerks I'm not sure that's very revolutionary

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        March 22, 2023 8:11 PM

        Teachers are already using tools like ChatGPT to provide comments on their students’ writing assignments.

        Are they? Who is that helping? Is the teacher not doing the comments on writing assignments a good thing?

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          March 22, 2023 8:15 PM

          Reading the entire of sounds like an extremely wealthy man who thinks that AI doing "basic tasks" ie: entry level or low level jobs is somehow this g4eat thing because it frees those people up to do....well that part isn't really touched on.

          Like unit clerks and teachers pay like shit now and are hard jobs but humans do them. Pushing the humans out of those jobs to go do...what? But I mean I think it's hard for someone to understand working your ass off for 45 grand a year and live in an apartment when he makes 45k in the time it took me to write this post.

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        March 22, 2023 8:17 PM


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        March 22, 2023 11:33 PM

        Plenty of self-employed health care workers file their own claims, particularly in mental health. Many of them stopped taking insurance for this very reason.

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      March 23, 2023 12:39 AM

      It'll do wonders with his 5g microchips in vaccines, right? :p

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      March 23, 2023 3:05 AM

      So this and metaverse

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