Gates Addresses AI

Gates Shares Concern of Potential Dangers of AI with Musk

Bill Gates and Elon Musk don’t agree on many business or philanthropy approaches. However, at a conference at the Stanford Institute for Human- Centered Artifical Intelligence, Gates expressed both wonder and a deep fear of the potential of AI, something he and Musk share. Musk has called it “summoning a demon;” Gates said it could be tantamount to nuclear weapons.

And according to CNET, the Microsoft co-founder mentioned that just like AI, nuclear energy and nuclear weapons are technologies that are both “promising and dangerous.” He noted that AI has rarely been used to benefit society. Many may disagree with that viewpoint, considering the medical benefits.

Musk has frequently spoken about the dangers of developing artificial intelligence, at one point going so far as to describe the creation of a true AI:

“With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like – yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Doesn’t work out.”

Gates used AI in a research project in Africa that seeks to determine the relationship, if any, between the element selenium and premature births among women in the areas where selenium has been found.