Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has urged against “pausing” the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), claiming it will not solve the challenges posed by the technology in a recent interview with Reuters. This marks his first public comment on the matter since an open letter sparked a debate in the tech world about the future of the technology.
Gates’ view is reflected in the belief that exploring the potential of AI is essential to making the technology workable and beneficial for society. He stressed the need to find approaches that enable people to explore the potential of AI while being mindful of the potential ethical and civil implications of its advancement. Furthermore, he noted that AI’s potential is undeniable given its current ability to help with sorting through vast amounts of medical data to recognize signs in medical records which might lead to a new medical breakthrough.
The world-renowned technology giant, Microsoft, is well-known for its various products, services, and development tools for computing, such as Windows and Office. It is also one of the largest companies in the world and has shaped the tech industry for over four decades. Microsoft’s influence on the advancement of technology is reflected in its products, which are used to enhance operations in virtually all industries today.
Perhaps no single person is more associated with Microsoft than its co-founder, Bill Gates. Gates started the software company, at age 19, along with his childhood friend Paul Allen, and it has grown to become one of the most successful companies of all time. Since leaving his executive role at Microsoft in 2008, Gates has continued to be an advocate for philanthropy and investments towards bettering the future of technology. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a non-profit organization working to increase access to education and provide healthcare around the world.