Bill Gates on ChatGPT: "The greatest risk to humanity"

While Gates believes AI has the power to improve the world and human life in areas such as work, education and healthcare, he also fears that humans could abuse these technologies

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Bill Gates on ChatGPT: "The greatest risk to humanity"

Bill Gates recently published a blog post about him, titled: The age of AI has begun. The post is about the recent launch of Bard, a new AI language model from Google, but also on ChatGpt, created by Open AI and also integrated into Microsoft's Bing search engine.

While Gates believes AI has the power to improve the world and human life in areas such as work, education and healthcare, he also fears that humans could abuse these technologies. The Microsoft co-founder is concerned about the possible evolution of AI into a superintelligence, capable of setting its own goals independently, which he considers the greatest risk to humanity.

He sees AI as a tool that, if managed properly, can benefit humanity. However, he warns that the risks associated with AI must be recognized and mitigated to ensure that AI's potential is not abused, leading to catastrophic consequences for humanity.

For Gates, AI will improve the world and our lives by touching the most varied sectors, from the world of work to school and healthcare. Already today the first experiments of ChatGPT inside Office tell us that productivity will benefit enormously from it, but the technology is growing so fast that when it knows enough about the company it works for, it could become just a resource on which to do assignment and therefore take the place of one or more collaborators.

Bill Gates on ChatGPT: "The greatest risk to humanity"

Gates sees the potential for AI to improve the healthcare sector, freeing medical professionals from administrative tasks such as billing, documentation and note-taking, and improving crisis management in developing countries.

He also notes the potential benefits of AI in agriculture, where it could help design seeds suited to local climates, develop vaccines for livestock, and help farmers cope with extreme weather and climate change. Gates also recognizes the potential of AI to replace human workers but believes that if managed properly, AI can coexist and collaborate beneficially with human workers.

He also provides a definition of AI, distinguishing between narrow AI, designed to solve specific problems or provide particular services, and general AI, which can learn any task or topic. He notes that while sophisticated narrow AI already exists, the creation of general AI remains an ongoing debate in the computer industry.

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