Bill Gates: A.I. Threatens Google Search and Amazon: At a Goldman Sachs and SV Angel event on artificial intelligence, Bill Gates highlighted the potential of an upcoming AI personal assistant to have a profound impact on user behavior. He stated that the successful development of this technology will make the company a significant competitor in the industry. According to Gates, this advanced AI assistant has the ability to understand individual needs and behaviors and is able to assist users in reading material they may not have time for. While discussing the future of AI, Gates expressed his belief that there is a 50-50 chance that a startup or tech giant will emerge as the winner in this field.
Gates mentioned his hope for Microsoft’s participation but also acknowledged his admiration for various startups, including Inflection.AI founded by former DeepMind executive Mustafa Suleyman. He noted that it would take some time for this potent digital agency to be widely accessible. In the meantime, companies will continue to incorporate generative AI technologies, similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, into their own products. Gates also touched upon advancements in health and pharmaceuticals, stating that AI would accelerate innovation in these areas, potentially leading to the development of more advanced drugs. Furthermore, Gates predicted that human trials for new medications could commence within a decade. He drew attention to the transformative impact of generative AI technologies on both white-collar and blue-collar workers, envisioning a future where humanoid robots, cheaper than human labor, would have a significant influence. In jest, Gates humorously remarked that precautions should be taken to ensure these robots do not develop Alzheimer’s. Ultimately, Gates concluded that while this groundbreaking AI technology holds immense promise, it will require additional time before it is ready for widespread use.