Essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Breitbart; Bill Gates appear to think AI has a role in combating political polarisation and misinformation, and advancing his climate agenda.
The following interview is in English, though there is some German commentary mixed in with the interview.
Bill Gates: AI Can Help Solve ‘Digital Misinformation’ Problem
Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates said AI should be considered as a tool to combat “digital misinformation” and “political polarization” in an interview published on Thursday with Handelsblatt, a German news media outlet.
In response to a question about the spreading of “misinformation” via AI, Gates referred to the events of January 6, 2021, as an “attack on the Capitol. He said:
I’m certainly concerned about political polarization, and I know the U.S. situation best of all. I wouldn’t have expected people to attack the Capitol, or people to deny the validity of election results. I‘m in a state of shock about that.
We can’t blame AI for that. That happened. It may have been magnified by digital channels that allow various conspiracy theories like QAnon or whatever to be blasted out by people who wanted to believe those things. So, the digital tools may have played an auxiliary role.
Gates framed “climate change” as an existential threat to humanity while calling for government measures to force reductions and eventual elimination of fossil fuel consumption and associated carbon dioxide emissions.https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2023/02/12/bill-gates-ai-can-help-solve-digital-misinformation-problem/
“How will we solve the digital misinformation which is a factor in polarisation? We’ll have to take AI into consideration”
Its difficult to say whether Bill Gates thinks AI is part of the problem, or part of the solution, or both. Either way, the people actually developing AIs seem to have very definite ideas of what they want to do with them.