Ai Will Soon Experience a “Massive Technology Boom,” According to Bill Gates.


Dec 27, 2023
Ai Will Soon Experience a "Massive Technology Boom," According to Bill Gates.

Within the next 18 to 24 months, the general public in developed nations like the US will begin to use artificial intelligence to a “significant” degree, according to a letter released last week by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

According to Gates, the effect on things like productivity and innovation might be unparalleled.

“Artificial intelligence is about to accelerate the rate of discoveries at a pace we’ve never seen before,” Gates wrote in a blog post.

Serving on the Gates Foundation, which he co-founded with Melinda French Gates, Gates concentrated his letter’s comments on the applications of artificial intelligence in developing nations.

“A key priority of the Gates Foundation in AI is ensuring these tools also address health issues that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest, like AIDS, TB, and malaria,” Gates stated.

Gates lists numerous instances of AI being used in various nations, but he also states that actual use of the technology won’t happen until later this decade.

“The work that will be done over the next year is setting the stage for a massive technology boom later this decade” via artificial intelligence, wrote Gates.

In his letter, Gates provided the following examples of AI being developed for applications in disease prevention and education:

  • Combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR), also known as antibiotic resistance, A researcher in Ghana, Africa, at the Aurum Institute is developing software that will search through mountains of data, “including health surveillance data and local clinical guidelines about which pathogens are currently at risk of developing resistance in the area—and make suggestions for the best drug, dosage, and duration.”
  • AI-driven individualized learning, like the Nairobi-based AI tutoring software program “Somanasi,” which “has been designed with the cultural context in mind so it feels familiar to the students who use it.”
  • lowering the risks associated with pregnancy, since, on average, “a woman dies in childbirth every two minutes” worldwide. One potential solution is the “Copilot” software program for health workers, which Armman is developing in India for nurses and midwives who are trying to “improve the odds for new mothers in India.” The program adapts to the experience level of the aid worker.
  • HIV risk assessment chatbot “acts like an unbiased and nonjudgmental counselor who can provide around-the-clock advice,” especially to “marginalized and vulnerable populations” who are uncomfortable discussing their sexual history with doctors.
  • To bridge the gap where “many people don’t have any documented medical history,” Pakistani healthcare professionals can now fill out medical health records while on the go by speaking into a voice-activated mobile app.

Gates emphasizes in particular the AI applications being developed in those nations, as they will likely be more adapted to the local conditions. The Pakistan health records app, for instance, allows users to enter voice messages instead of typing them in, which is in line with popular usage patterns.

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