Bill Gates told Forbes that AI advances over the past year, including ChatGPT, “excited” him.
Gates said it would be “fantastic” to use it as a math tutor or to provide medical advice to underserved regions.
The Microsoft co-founder said he uses ChatGPT “often” for fun things like writing poetry.
Bill Gates is “excited” about ChatGPT and all the progress over the past year in the field of artificial intelligence, he told Forbes in a recent interview.
The Microsoft co-founder highlighted several potential use cases for AI-driven technology, be it ChatGPT or its competitors, and revealed how he’s been experimenting with the popular chatbot himself.
Gates told Forbes that it’s “amazing” to think that AI could be a “math tutor available to students in the inner city,” or have “medical advice available to people in Africa who wouldn’t with them, during their lives, usually. see the doctor.”
There aren’t enough white-collar workers for “worthwhile causes” like those, Gates said, and AI could help fill that need.
Gates said he likes to use ChatGPT, the AI chatbot, for “fun things”, including writing poetry when he’s with friends, although his main reason for trying out ChatGPT is “for serious purposes .”
“The fact that you can say, ‘write like Shakespeare’ and he does – that creativity was really fun to have,” he said, adding, after reading ChatGPT’s poems , he admits that he could not have written them himself. .
Despite leaving Microsoft’s board of directors in 2020, Gates said he still spends time with the tech giant’s product teams talking about AI. Microsoft recently announced a multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI, the AI research lab behind ChatGPT. The investment was reported to be worth $10 billion, and follows his other 2019 and 2021 investments into the company.
Gates said that he has been interested in AI since he started learning about software, and said that AI is just as historical as the computer and the internet.
“The idea that computers can see, hear and write is the long-term quest of the entire industry,” he told Forbes.
Despite being impressed by ChatGPT’s poetry, Gates called it “very imperfect” and “not very intuitive.” He added that he saw ChatGPT “completely wrong” about math problems.
“AI will be discussed,” Gates said, adding that it is “the hottest topic of 2023,” and has the potential to “change the job market,” but it could spiral out of control or go in the wrong direction. .
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