Bill Gates told Forbes that the progress of AI in the last year, including ChatGPT, excites him.
Gates said its use as a math tutor or to give medical advice to underserved regions would be “fantastic.”
The Microsoft co-founder said he “often” uses ChatGPT “for fun things” like writing poetry.
Bill Gates is “excited” about ChatGPT and all the progress in the last year in the field of artificial intelligence, he told Forbes in a recent interview.
The Microsoft co-founder highlighted some potential use cases for the AI-powered technology, be it ChatGPT or its rivals, and revealed how he himself has been experimenting with the popular chatbot.
Gates told Forbes that it’s “pretty fantastic” to think that AI could be “a math tutor available to inner-city students” or have “medical advice available to people in Africa who, in their lifetime, usually They would never get to see a doctor.”
There aren’t enough white-collar workers for “worthy causes” like these, Gates said, and AI could help fill that need.
Gates said he likes to use ChatGPT, the conversational AI chatbot, for “fun things” like writing poetry when he’s with his friends, though his main reason for experimenting with ChatGPT has been “for serious purposes.”
“The fact that you can say well, ‘write it like Shakespeare’ and he does, that creativity has been fun to have,” he said, adding that after reading the ChatGPT poems, he admits he couldn’t 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-billion dollar, multi-year investment in OpenAI, the AI research lab behind ChatGPT. The investment was reportedly $10 billion and follows his other 2019 and 2021 investments in the company.
Gates said that he has been interested in AI since he started learning about software, saying that AI is as historical as the PC and the Internet.
“The idea of computers seeing, hearing and typing is the long-term pursuit of the entire industry,” he told Forbes.
Despite being impressed by ChatGPT’s poetry, Gates called it “truly flawed” and “not very intuitive”. He also said that he has seen ChatGPT “get completely wrong” regarding math problems.
“AI will be debated,” Gates said, adding that it “will be the hottest topic of 2023” and has the ability to “change the job market” but could get out of hand or go in the wrong direction. .
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