Bill Gates published a column summarizing the year

Bill Gates published a column summarizing the year

Bill Gates spoke with his traditional column, in which he summarized the results of 2023 and tried to predict which topics will become the main topics in the near future. In the publication, the billionaire and philanthropist focused on the things that excite him the most: artificial intelligence, health care, education, climate change and energy sources.

According to Gates, above all, the past year has given us an idea of ​​how AI will shape the future. He notes that this year was the first time he used artificial intelligence for work and other serious purposes, rather than for entertainment or idle pastime: “This year marked the beginning of a new era. That is why I believe that the next year is an opportunity to change the next chapter of the world for the better.”

Gates has already spoken about the main value of AI: in his opinion, new technologies will help overcome the “terrible inequality we see around the world”: “I have always firmly believed in the power of innovation, which can offer every child an equal chance to survive and thrive. II is no exception.”

How will this happen? In Gates’ presentation, artificial intelligence is about to “accelerate the pace of new discoveries at a rate we’ve never seen before.”

And here the priority of the founder of Microsoft is the role of AI in the discovery of new drugs, for which it will be necessary to “comb huge volumes of data, and artificial intelligence tools can significantly speed up this process.” “If I had to make a prediction, in high-income countries such as the US, I would suggest that meaningful adoption of AI by the general population is 18 to 24 months away. I expect to see comparable levels of usage in African countries in about three years. It’s still a gap, but it’s much smaller than the lag times we’ve seen with other innovations.”

In general, in the text, Bill Gates pays a lot of attention to health care and his Grand Challenges program (it was launched to identify problems and provide grants to local researchers who could solve them). Among the directions in which AI would help to move forward are overcoming resistance to antibiotics, reducing the number of pregnancies with complications, assessing the risks of HIV infection, and making medical information available to every healthcare worker.

Speaking of the future of education, Bill Gates asks if AI can provide personalized tutors for every student? In his opinion, new educational tools will be able to adapt the content of each student. Some of them, such as Khanmigo and MATHia, have already earned high marks and will only get better in the coming years.

Gates, a supporter of nuclear energy, notes in his column that over the past year there has been a “serious shift toward universal acceptance of nuclear energy.” And here as an example worthy of imitation, he cites his company TerraPower, which is developing a new type of nuclear reactor.

In the finale, Gates turns to the idea of ​​”giving while living” and explains that for him it means constantly asking himself the question: “How can I use my wealth to bring the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people now and in the future. ?”

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