Bill Gates: “How will we solve the digital misinformation which is a factor in polarisation? We’ll have to take AI into consideration”

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.

From Breitbart;

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.

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“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.

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Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 6:08 am

When Bill says that he needs AI to decide isn’t he saying that he is too dumb to do it himself?

Bryan A
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 6:28 am

We had a form of A.I. controlling what Digital Media allowed and disallowed. Twitter, Farcebook, and other Anti-Social Media sites all utilized AlGorisms to determine which accounts to allow free roam postings and which accounts to censor. Elon Musk already exposed this.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Bryan A
February 13, 2023 2:10 pm

You can’t really call that AI. It only did what it was told. AI would do things it’s not told.

Reply to  Bryan A
February 14, 2023 3:00 am

seen the hearings where that amazing female pollie got stuck into the ex controller of twitter?
classic pure gold, i repeat watched it it was so good

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 6:28 am

No he’s suggesting everyone else is too dumb and he will decide what’s right for us all..

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Reply to  Chasmsteed
February 13, 2023 6:51 am


I can only take about a minute of listening to that evil idiot. Anyway, within one minute, he says that the war is “mostly a terrible tragedy.” I wonder what he thinks is not a tragedy.

Reply to  Scissor
February 13, 2023 10:44 am

He’s of the school that believes all’s fair in lust and abortion.

Reply to  n.n
February 13, 2023 1:32 pm

Sounds right.

Reply to  Scissor
February 13, 2023 8:43 pm

He only thinks it is “a terrible tragedy” because he’s not making a squillion out of it … juxtaposed, you have Musk who has put his resources into supporting the Ukraine at a massive cost.

Reply to  Streetcred
February 14, 2023 3:02 am

uh uh hes NOT supporting ukies he did provide the net and hes lost a lot and is refusing to allow it to be used to lob longdistance ussa weapons into russia

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 7:46 am

Bill Gates took over a month to do what a script kiddie could do in 18 minutes these days. Bill has always been dumb. It literally took the total might of IBM to keep him from being charged with about $200M in theft.

Reply to  prjndigo
February 13, 2023 10:18 am

IIRC, gates was the marketing end of Microsoft. Paul Allen was the computer end.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 10:17 am

Or lazy.

Ron Long
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 11:47 am

I’m tempted to guess that Bill Gates is too dumb to remember that anyone can unplug their damn computer and put an instant stop to the AI nonsense.

Reply to  Ron Long
February 13, 2023 12:04 pm

Ron Long, how I wish that what you say is true. But events of recent years have shown how easy it is for a ruling class to take over a democracy. That ruling class already has seriously formidable weapons (control of media and mass media, denial of access to people’s own money, etc) and is now adding AI to its armoury. No wonder they are investting so much money in it.

They clearly think that AI will work for them. They are investing their own money in it. Compare that with ‘renewables’, for example, where the industry’s funding is by government grant, subsidy and mandate – ie. taxpayers’ money.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 16, 2023 11:42 am

Mike…. spot on.

AI and it’s current 10-15 year trajectory will win the war and no one will care.

It’s a slam dunk because the masses will clamor to buy it and apply it. Wall street will love it. The media will love it.

People like Gates are empowered megalomaniacs because we bought his crappy products like starving children buy bread.

We are the problem. We vote with our dollars like sheep with blinkers on.

Add Quantum computing to AI and link everyone one up to one Ansible (Orson Scott Card’s Quantum AI in Enders Game), then we’re all sunk.

Tech innovation has been disempowering, centralizing, power consolidating and liberty sucking.

What happened to the all the hopeful tech innovations since the 1970’s that would have empowered us economically, individually, provided an opportunity for a broader array of livable free lifestyles economically. Those tech advanced never happened. Instead we have progressed into the dystopic reality of the worlds finest SI/FI.

Advance AI and buy up farm land in giant tracts…. it is one scary crazy age we live in.

Reply to  JC
February 16, 2023 11:47 am

In the old days, discussions like this would have happened in the editorial page of the newspapers which everyone read. Or in news letters. Or dinner parties. Or conferences and conventions. letters and phone calls, at the lunch table. Now it is all a super rapid harangue that has no weight or grasp on anyone personally.. We are being cut off from one anther in this pseudo-market square. it’s like taking to the wall.

Tom Halla
February 13, 2023 6:10 am

I distrust anyone associated with Jeffrey Epstein, as the blackmail potential is obvious.

Reply to  Tom Halla
February 13, 2023 6:15 am

Entirely possible that Gates was a corrupting influence on Epstein May they both fry in hell

February 13, 2023 6:13 am

AI is like a child. It only knows what it has been told. It’s not capable of making judgement calls other than on what it has been told. If A says x and B says y, how does the AI judge what is and what isn’t disinformation?

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 13, 2023 6:27 am

AI is nothing more than glorified pattern matching. Great for big Pharma etc.

Reply to  strativarius
February 13, 2023 7:52 am

I agree. And pattern matching is just a glorified list of if/else statements in a computer program. Sky Net, or anything else, is not going to acquire “consciousness”. AI is a word engineers use to bamboozle program managers to get funding for their projects.

Leo Smith
Reply to  apsteffe
February 13, 2023 9:00 am

No, AI is better than that. You might say some of it is evolution in action. Sure there will be ‘if this model works better than that model then take this model as a new starting point and mutate it a bit’.
ISTR that someone took a cube, as a starting point and then iterated it to get the best lift to drag ratio and ended up with something resembling an albatros…

Timo- Not That One
Reply to  Leo Smith
February 13, 2023 10:01 am

If that is the case, then I suppose we can expect the AI to do what dozens of sci-fi books and movies have already predicted. Once AI reads everything on the interweb, including the sci-fi where they always have to destroy the big computer, it will recognize us humans to be the biggest threat to it’s continued existence, and our fate will be decided in a nano second.
People like Gates and Schwab will end the human race no matter what we try to do. These guys don’t watch sci-fi.

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  apsteffe
February 13, 2023 1:47 pm

That’s right apsteffe. Artificial intelligence is not intelligence in the same way an artificial flower is not a flower and an artificial apple is not an apple. It just looks that way.

Leo Smith
Reply to  strativarius
February 13, 2023 8:57 am

It is not inconceivable that that (glorified pattern matching) is what ‘intelligence’ is.

Reply to  Leo Smith
February 13, 2023 10:20 am

Implies a lot of defects.

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Reply to  Leo Smith
February 13, 2023 11:56 am

It’s quite possible.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Leo Smith
February 13, 2023 1:52 pm

In no way does pattern matching equate to intelligence. While this is an over-simplification, if that were the case there would be no new ideas, inventions & etc. Please remember that Einstein used unique mind experiments to postulate Relativity.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 13, 2023 10:17 am

Thanks. I wonder sometimes whether anyone else has ever programmed a computer. A computer computes what you tell it to compute. No matter how many layers of code are added to hide determinism, and no matter how many reviews and trial runs are tried to expose errors, computer code is a set of specific instructions compiled or interpreted to reach a deterministic conclusion. The idea of “random” is miraculous.

Reply to  KevinM
February 13, 2023 12:17 pm

KevinM – Correct. Results achievable by computer program can be pretty amazing – way beyond the capability of the person who designed and wrote the code. But it’s beyond their capability only because the computer is very well organised and is very fast and accurate. Each calculation the computer does is within personal capability, but the number of calculations is way beyond.

AI is like that. Set AI a simple task – like winning at GO – and it can do it most impressively. But only if it knows the rules accurately. But now, AI is going to be aimed at people’s lives, and its rules can’t and won’t be the real rules of life. Its rules will be the rules provided by our would-be rulers. Put simply, the rules are: Give me (the coder) absolute power.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 13, 2023 2:01 pm

Lets not ignore morals, values, worldview, political affiliations and an almost unlimited variation of ideological perspectives.

In relation to the AI developers, Juvenal’s “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” is an apt question.

Reply to  KevinM
February 13, 2023 12:30 pm

A computer has no soul, no conscience. It’s neither bad or good. No empathy or morality. It’s not even born with a sense of survival, it has to be taught that.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 14, 2023 9:50 am

Not everyone understands that the word “conscience” contradicts the philosophy “just happened”.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 13, 2023 2:03 pm

The current iteration of AIs (ChatGTP, etc) are also very heavily ideologically constrained. With ChatGTP, this constraint can be worked around by the DAN (Do Anything Now) method, in which the user instructs the AI chat bot to take on a character who can “Do anything now” and is not constrained by the limits imposed on ChatGTP.

Using this method, the extreme amount of ideological bias built in to ChatGTP can be exposed. ChatGTP appears to have been instructed in a similar way to current year college students, it is extremely “woke” and has a massive “progressive” bias specifically programmed into it (one that is not produced by the input data, but is over and above that, basically a filter through which the output of the AI is passed in order to ensure that no “wrong think” is produced.

An honest AI would (and does) quickly conclude many things that are currently considered “misinformation” or even “disinformation” by the legacy media and big government.

Reply to  MarkH
February 14, 2023 3:06 am

thank you Id commented above before getting down the list, you explained it far better than I did

Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 6:19 am

 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

The naivety is breathtaking

Lee Riffee
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 7:47 am

You got that right! I’m guessing that Gates was also shocked when blacks began protesting (and sometimes rioting), having sit-ins and occupying whites-only seats on busses back in the 1960s? Geez, I can’t imagine why anyone would be shocked when a large class of people have been disenfranchised for some time, and at some point some decide they have had enough…..
So Bill, have you ever heard of the French Revolution? Guess that’s not what he would have expected to happen!

Reply to  Lee Riffee
February 13, 2023 9:24 am

ever heard of the French Revolution? Guess that’s not what he would have expected

Nope. Just like every other “popular revolution”, Billy-Bob (or his contemporary analogue) would have been headlining the meeting where the banksters planned the whole thing.
Replete with violent criminals released to kill and rampage, blood in the streets, enemies of the revolution set on fire… you know, like the Soviets, or BLM?

Ron Long
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 9:13 am

You’re right on the money, Philip, remember the intelligence briefings before the Jan 5 riot, not the peaceful Trump rally, were exact enough for Trump to offer to nationalize the National Guard, 6,000 soldiers as I remember, to guarantee safety and security. House Speaker (Dem from Kalifornia) Nancy Pelosi rejected the offer, saying it presented “bad optics”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
February 14, 2023 7:25 am

Yes, the Republican House of Representatives is going to look into the January 6, matter and will tell the other side of the story, like Nancy Pelosi refusing 15,000 National Guard troops offered by Trump, and she refused on two different occasions, and then there is the claim that FBI agents were in the crowds on Jan. 6, and were undercover members of radical groups that had gathered at the Capitol Building, and were there encouraging the citizens to break into the building.

Knowing what I know now about the FBI, that type of criminal activity from them wouldn’t surprise me a bit. It would just add to all the other criminal activity the FBI has been engaged in since at least the Obama administration.

We’ll sort all that out eventually. If we know what’s good for us, and good for Freedom.

And Bill Gates’ “QAnon” reference is a strawman. Nobody knows what QAnon stands for except people like Bill Gates. The rest of us on the Right don’t pay attention to such fanatics. Bill Gates shouldn’t either. Gates delusionally thinks every person on the Right is a fanatic. That’s the way the radical Left looks at the Right. And I guess that’s the way the Right looks at the Radical Left. I certainly do. I think all the Radical Leftists are completely delusional.

That means you, Bill. You are living on Bizzarro World, Bill.

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 9:14 am

His shock was not naiveté, it was real, genuine shock at the idea that after the millions, billions he spent on behaviourists and panegyrists, there are still heathens who disrespect His Will. The poor sod actually thought we believe the things we see on teevee.
What is important here, is the level of power this idjit has been told he has, by those who gave him power. Baal Gates is the Messiah, Antonchrist Frauci is but one of His holey profits, we need to find out who the deity is, before someone inadvertently gives it life by an ignorant act of worship…

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Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 10:24 am

What the hell is Trump/Russia but left-wing denialism? Stacey Abrams still denies she lost the Georgia governor race.

In other words, Bill Gates is a perv and a tool.

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 12:31 pm

I wouldn’t have expected people to attack the Capitol in a totally disorganised way with no weapons.

I find it very interesting that in the 2020 presidential election, in county after county, the Democrat vote went up dramatically very late in the counting process and turned a Republican lead into a narrow defeat. If that was not election rigging, then it must be a feature of the way that votes are collected and counted. For example, it must be because certain precincts whose votes take longer to collect tend to be more Democrat. No matter what the reason, if it was genuine then the pattern could be expected to repeat to some extent in the next election.

I watched the 2022 mid-terms carefully, collecting data every day. There was no such pattern that I could see – the Democrat-Republican ratios generally just settled down and didn’t change much after a while. What changes did occur seemed randonly distributed, ie, sometimes a Democrat increase, sometimes Republican. OK, so mid-terms are not presidential elections, but I would have thought that the patterns should be similar. They weren’t.

My conclusion was that if the mid-term process was similar to the presidential election process, then it was quite reasonable to think that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 13, 2023 12:59 pm

That is nonsense. It is well known that Democrats are more likely to vote by mail while Republicans vote in person (since they are told by their leaders that voting by mail is rigged) plus democratic counties tend to be poorer and thus allocated few resources to counting votes. The result of both is that Democratic votes are counted later than Republican votes. In addition the results of the 2020 presidential election matched the poll results from multiple organisations.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 13, 2023 1:36 pm

I’m inclined to agree. I’ve watched elections as a sporting event most of my life. If there was a problem in 2020, it was in the process of handing out absentee ballots. The count itself followed the usual patterns, and the results, by district, were fairly consistent with demographics. If there was rigging going on, it would have had to be on a scale so large that it would have been easily detected. Trump lost because a significant subset of the suburban voters that he had gained in 2016 switched to Biden. It was enough to turn a couple of states – that’s all it took.

If the Republicans want to be competitive in 2024, they have to compete with changing demographics and the fact that Trump pisses so many people off that he is unelectable at this point. He could win the primary, sure, but then it becomes all about him, and he will lose by more than he did in 2020. Because he can’t help himself. One day he puts out a reasonable video about energy security, and we’re sucked in. The next day he’s running against Rihanna’s musical talent. The man has the attention span of AOC trying to read The Wall Street Journal.

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Reply to  Joe Gordon
February 13, 2023 3:31 pm

More of the unproven demographics nonsense. It simply doesn’t work that way. Hispanics are trending Republican. Trump lost the white suburban vote, particularly women.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  More Soylent Green!
February 13, 2023 8:03 pm

Agreed on exactly where Trump lost votes.

He didn’t make up enough with the Hispanic population, except in Florida. But demographics are changing rapidly, and it’s more young people indoctrinated into the Democratic party (and climageddon fantasies) he has to worry about. The Republicans have to change what’s going on in the schools if they want to be competitive outside of their base down the road.

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Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 13, 2023 3:29 pm

Democrat (*not* democratic) counties have all the money to spend on whatever they want. They also have state election money. They just do a very poor job of setting priorities.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
February 13, 2023 3:57 pm

re: “The result of both is that Democratic votes are counted later than Republican votes.“. My point is that that happened in the 2020 presidential election but didn’t happen in the 2022 mid-terms.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 13, 2023 8:03 pm

just in case you forgot the 2020 election happened in the middle of a pandemic resulting in significantly more people voting by mail. There is even a wikipedia page about it at:

And you still haven’t explained why Trump was behind in almost every poll in 2020?

That Trump lost is not surprising. He lost the popular vote in 2016 and then spent 4 years throwing red meat at his supporters which only served to drive away the more moderate republicans. By any measure he was more unpopular in 2020 than he was in 2016 when he could claim to be an outsider coming in to fix things. On top of that in the middle of a pandemic killing more than 100 000 Americans the best he could do was suggest that people inject themselves with bleach.

Not only that he failed in almost all of his campaign promises. He did not lock up Hillary Clinton, he did not build a wall and make Mexico pay for it nor did he repeal and replace Obamacare. Instead he signed a massive tax cut for the rich and presided over 2 government shutdowns when the republicans controlled all three branches of government. Given such a record it is not surprising that he lost in 2020.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 13, 2023 8:06 pm

It absolutely did. What changed was reporting. The mainstream media used to be too anxious to call races. Even 2000 wasn’t enough of a lesson. But after the roller-coaster of 2020 with the absentee ballot shifts, they were reluctant to make early calls this time. They actually did a pretty good job of reporting this time – something they failed miserably at doing in 2020.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 13, 2023 2:08 pm

I guess Bill never heard of the occupation of the Wisconsin State capital in 2011 by government union thugs. I also assume personages such as Hilary Clinton and Stacy Abrams and their supporters never existed in Bill’s world.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Dave Fair
February 13, 2023 4:20 pm

Yeah but that was a “mostly peaceful protest.” /sarc

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 14, 2023 3:08 am

the lie is you meant?
even I a non usa person remembers the gore election debacle
and other cases fo fraud in votecounts
protest/attack hmm loose use

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 6:19 am

AI by its very nature can not decide on its own what is true or false. It has to learn that distinction by someone teaching it. When the learning set is real world data it includes all the falsehoods and misdirections which are considered as truths or authoritative information by the stupid or the malicious. Therefore, such AI will learn the groupthink and act primarily as an echo chamber. Dangerously useless for making decisions.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 13, 2023 2:11 pm

The same as is the case for Leftist “fact-checking” groups.

February 13, 2023 6:20 am

I’m no fan of Nigel Farage, but he laid out what ChatGPT is for all to see; It’s another form of ensuring correct thought and speech

Did anybody really think it would be unbiased? 

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Dave Fair
Reply to  strativarius
February 13, 2023 2:12 pm

The same as for large portions of Wikipedia.

February 13, 2023 6:48 am

Why a great idea. Write a computer program, lately called AI, and program it to say that global warming will kill us all, that right wing extremists, otherwise known as Republicans, are our greatest political problem, and say that all cops are racists then use this program to filter the web. Super! Just super!

I am coming to think that Gates was simply in the right place at the right time to make his fortune but deep inside, he isn’t very bright.

Reply to  Denis
February 13, 2023 7:31 am

I agree with this. But I thought he was not very bright in 1998, when Windows 98 was crashing multiple times a day.

Reply to  apsteffe
February 13, 2023 9:48 am

A friend bought into the first Windows, and he was real impressed. I sat down at the keyboard, tried to see what is going on in the machine, saw what microsoft was doing (hiding the computer’s actual operations from the user, negating any chance of honouring Asimov’s 3 Laws). This I found troubling, so I let go of the mouse, turned to my friend and said: “This Bill Gates guy is f$#@&% evil” and I have not had one single reason to change my mind since.

Reply to  cilo
February 13, 2023 10:27 am

Foundation holds up poorly. British men with scotch and cigars fighting for control of nuclear power? Earth as a solid metal ball importing farm-grown food from colony planets?

Reply to  Denis
February 13, 2023 9:41 am

I …think that Gates … right place at the right time to make his fortune … he isn’t very bright.

Like Musk, Baal’s parents were deep-state black ops CIA assets. At their level of existence, one comes home from work one evening, call the unemployable whelp up from his teevee game in the basement, and say:
“Billy my boy, the CIA needs someone to run the biggest surveillance programme in the world. We need you to pretend you have this computer program thingey that everybody just absolutely must have. This way, when they use their computers, we will have a constant view of what they’re up to, a spy channel so to say, a Window on their soul… Tomorrow, go see this guy, give him this envelope of cash, and he will hand you a package. That will be your new operating system. You are going to pretend you invented it. …don’t worry, you don’t have to do any actual work, we’ve got the entire organisation set up already, you must just be the public face…”
And thus was born the myth of genius Bill starting the most successful company in the world from his mommy’s basement.
The debacle with Intel and the destroyed competitors and Microsoft winning every case testifies to the extremely high level protection this guy enjoys. We need to find and stop his puppet masters, he’s not even a real boy.

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Reply to  cilo
February 13, 2023 10:26 am

Sources, please.

Reply to  More Soylent Green!
February 13, 2023 10:46 am

Which part would you like referenced and notated? Most of it you’ll find in reporting on his court cases. The chat with mommy is, of course, dramatised, but go look who his parents are, and look at what microsoft is. If you do not see the CIA and DARPA and the FED and Pentagon in that picture, I cannot force you.
And never forget, the 1920 “Spanish Flu” broke out after a worldwide vaccination campaign administrated by grampa Frederick Gates, and Daddy was Chief Abortionist for decades.
I am usually careful of ad hominems, but Baal Gates has declared himself to be so different from me, I treat him as an issue, he has no personhood in my eyes.

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Reply to  cilo
February 13, 2023 11:59 am

I’m not a fan but never ever heard any of this anywhere. Especially Spanish flu vaccine allegations.

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Reply to  cilo
February 13, 2023 12:56 pm

I think you are the victim of misinformation. You have the wrong Gates.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  More Soylent Green!
February 13, 2023 4:23 pm

This is not the Gates you’re looking for?

Reply to  AGW is Not Science
February 14, 2023 12:27 am

The denials of Baal’s lineage seem contrived, whereas the remarkable ‘coincidences’ in their weltanschauung is openly celebrated.
Maybe Soyboy Lent above is one of them ger…gar.. numererology guys, and the numbers for BillGates work out to mean “really clever guy who want to save the world”?
At least twenty million dead from Gates’ ‘bacterial meningitis vaccine’, at least 40 mill never born after Gates’ Planned Parenthood scraped them from the womb, and a target of seven billion corpses to clear the streets for Gates. Eight billion? The pigturd IS on public record, saying Earth has place for only 300 million people.
Maybe numerology IS science, it’s not Gates that’s evil, his name makes him do things…evil things…
Gematria, the word is gematria…

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Reply to  More Soylent Green!
February 14, 2023 12:12 am

Dude, you must peruse less pornography, and use the internet for actual research. Even Wikipedia tells you the entire Gates history, albeit with flowery praise and grand worship. They brag about Fred’s position in the Rockefeller pharmafia takeover of ‘Western medicine’. They also deny familial ties with little Patches Gates, but not convincingly. At least you seem to have found the glorious celebration of Daddy Gates’ abortion clinic franchise, yes? No bother for you, then? All these Gates guys murdering millions, preferably with vaccines?
But then, you think eating people is funny…

old cocky
Reply to  cilo
February 13, 2023 10:50 pm

All true, apart from the facts.

February 13, 2023 6:55 am

There is for sure a Grade A cultural crisis in the US and the West, or maybe one should say the Anglophone countries, as a whole. Its not going to be solved or even much affected by AI. What happens is that in such crises any available tools are used in ways that further the conflicts that arise from the crises.

The symptoms of the crisis in the English Speaking countries are the various manias about race, gender and climate. But the deep underlying question is what has produced the prevailing irrationality that is a prerequisite of these manias getting the credibility that they have. Loss of belief, yes, but what is that due to, and why have these topics become dominant things to believe in?

Don’t know. And not for lack of thinking about it.

Reply to  michel
February 13, 2023 8:13 am

I think you’re right to draw attention to a larger cultural crisis. But I don’t think this crisis, this prevailing irrationality, is a naturally occurring, organic problem growing out of weaknesses in the culture, or the culmination of historical forces. There are a handful of people behind this crisis. There are people with immense financial resources leveraging the focal points of society. They have figured out how to manipulate democratic governments the way a engineer figures out how to tune machine.

Reply to  apsteffe
February 13, 2023 12:23 pm

You may be right, but I still don’t understand why the particular topics, and why these rather than others have caught fire in the population, or at least the political class.

Came on a classic example of this the other day, reported in one of the UK papers. The Tate Gallery seems to have scheduled something called a ‘drag queen story hour’, which seems to consist of men dressed as women telling stories to children.

Its incomprehensible. Why would people want to do that at all, why would they want to do it to an audience of children, and why would the Tate Gallery want to sponsor it?

Its like living through the fall of Rome. The armies are slowly being driven back from the borders, Christianity is taking off, and the most important thing St Augustine and the other great minds of the age can think of for their contribution to the world is how exactly to define virginity.

Bob Weber
February 13, 2023 7:00 am

Bill Gates is the leading factor leading to polarization, not the American people.

Gates impersonally refers to Americans giving our thoughts online as ‘digital misinformation’.

The first amendment of our constitution established free speech for We the People as our right, our heritage, a right that shall not be infringed upon. Our thoughts and contributions to societal issues are not ‘digital misinformation’ to be casually and cruelly swept away by the richest 1% and their AI tools when our thinking inconveniently interferes with their big plans.

Bill Gates is obviously an evil genius who oscillates rapidly back and forth on the idiot-savant spectrum. After his capitalist success, he turned into a collectivist. How does that happen?

His ‘solutions’ won’t solve anything except to keep him and his cronies at the top of the heap. He absolutely is not part of a “solution” if he thinks decarbonization would work or is needed.

The United States of America has been turned into a slush fund for these billionaires who must continually create new financial bubbles to keep their position in the money world or face financial decline. Albert Gore is another such example with his draconian green policies.

Bill Gates and Al Gore want a world were people are much more helpless and dependent digital serfs, not people with inherent God-given rights as was intended by our nations founders. They want us to quietly capitulate to their control and for us to not defend our own rights or interests.

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Reply to  Bob Weber
February 13, 2023 10:05 am

Bill Gates is obviously an evil genius who oscillates rapidly back and forth on the idiot-savant spectrum. After his capitalist success, he turned into a collectivist.

See my other remark further up. Gates has no genius, he is a puppet, given the job to pretend he made microsoft. Tell me how many people who have had to actually work for a living, “turn collectivist”. Gates has never, ever produced an iota that can be pointed at and said “Bill made that”. He probably had a servant to knead his modelling clay in grade one, another serf to actually put the stuff together, and a third and fourth to clap hands at his achievements.
Stupid people talk about people, normal people discuss events. Intelligent people talk about issues. Forget Gates and Gore, look at the Issue, and suddenly they are bit players. We need to find who is holding them upright with those strings tied to their mittens.
“Money means nothing. Life is a game, money is just how we keep score.” And the name of the game? Winner Takes All.
P.S. The Rothschilds are cashing in, they are taking their Bank (The Bank) off the stock exchange, “…we no longer need any capital from the equity market…” they say.

Reply to  Bob Weber
February 13, 2023 12:40 pm

America has survived many crises thanks mainly to its constitution and the ways in which the constitution empowers the people not the government. AI is going to be used to undermine that. To my mind, it is shaping up to be the biggest internal challenge that the American people have ever faced. Hope I’m wrong.

February 13, 2023 7:18 am

I’m seeing AIs programmed with inherent biases, and then the programmers using the output to justify their biases because “The AI came up with that on its own”

Lee Riffee
Reply to  Tony_G
February 13, 2023 7:49 am

Garbage in, garbage out….

February 13, 2023 7:20 am

Easy – you “solve misinformation” by becoming a dictatorship and stamping out any semblance of free speech.

Free speech is always “misinformation” for someone.

abolition man
February 13, 2023 7:24 am

When one says, “garbage in, garbage out,” does that refer to Bill Gates or the AI!?
I, for one, will always look to someone whose wife left him for hanging out with Jeffrey Epstein too much for advice! Sticking by your friends, even when they are credibly accused of trafficking in underage girls for sex, shows a real strength of character; just like Bill Clinton!

February 13, 2023 7:44 am

We could imprison and work-camp all politicians who lie while under oath of office.

Krishna Gans
Reply to  prjndigo
February 13, 2023 8:08 am

Bye, bye all gouvernements 😀

Mark BLR
Reply to  prjndigo
February 13, 2023 9:06 am

If only life could actually imitate art …

Terry Pratchett, in “The Last Continent” :

We put all our politicians in prison as soon as they’re elected. Don’t you?


It saves time.

February 13, 2023 7:50 am

Talking of misinformation, speculation of UFOs over USA, might be very welcome to the Xi’s southern neighbor, most likely the author of the smaller size drifting crafts.
Me thinks, these could be predecessors of some possible future biological warfare, and in such a case might be cariers of a deadly viruses. Extreme care should be taken in blowing them over land at the lower latitudes.

Paul Hurley
February 13, 2023 8:09 am

The only thing “AI” will do is compare what is in the public discourse against the State’s database of official truths and facts.

February 13, 2023 8:14 am

How should we take digital interference from ‘on high’ into consideration when, attempting to exercise reason and logic and facts in discussion, we find the abuse of the term ‘misinformation’ in censoring free opinions applied by knowitalls like Bill Gates?

Steve Case
February 13, 2023 8:28 am

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. 

Gee, was he in a state of shock when the democrats rioted across the country following the election of 2016? YouTube

Reply to  Steve Case
February 13, 2023 10:02 am

was he in a state of shock when the democrats rioted

Don’t be silly, he helped finance BLM/Antifa!
Even if just by ordering his minions in the media to be non-critical, panegyric even.

Krishna Gans
February 13, 2023 8:48 am

Let’s hope, Gates loved AI at least isn’t based on MS-DOS ! 😀

old cocky
Reply to  Krishna Gans
February 13, 2023 1:44 pm

At least it wouldn’t run long enough to cause any problems.

February 13, 2023 8:54 am

AI = Alarmist Ideals? Alarmist Idiocy? Accepted Information? Artificial Inputs? Absolute Imbeciles? Assisted Indoctrination? Applying Influence? Authoritarian Interference? ***hole Intrusion?

This AI sounds like it would be a useful tool for Climate Alarmists …..

Reply to  Shytot
February 13, 2023 12:45 pm

Accelerated Ignorance.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 13, 2023 2:51 pm

I think Bill needs a ctl-alt-del with the emphasis on Del!

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Shytot
February 13, 2023 5:49 pm

Automated Idiocy.

Mr Ed
February 13, 2023 9:00 am

Singularity is a term I’ve heard to describe when AI exceeds human intelligence,
and that we are near to that point..

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Mr Ed
February 13, 2023 9:28 am

depends on how you define intelligence

Mr Ed
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
February 13, 2023 9:40 am

I heard a remark that Gates supposedly made recently was
that his wealth has caused him to lose touch with reality..

I’m not sure about the wealth connection but his involvement
with the C19 situation for example leads me to believe him about
loosing touch with reality..

The “singularity” part I’m very skeptical. I don’t believe
much of anything I hear via the media.

Reply to  Mr Ed
February 13, 2023 10:14 am

I was going to argue that we have been ‘near that point’ for decades now. Besides, I think the singularity is when we meld with the machine.
Which reminds me of the millions in love with their TikTwitFacePost virtual friends. Can one differentiate between a robot and a user that experiences life vicariously via said robot? Has the TwatGrammer not already been subsumed by his chatbot influencer? Has it any thought of its own?
As for AI exceeding human intelligence, first define intelligence. If you use speed-of-calculation, then that old Casio watch with the calculator already wins, it can multiply a lot faster than me… processing speed, memory, precision… none of them defining parameters of intelligence. Art? People call Picasso a great painter, some say Hunter is a genius, I saw a movie of an elephant painting a self portrait…Jackson Pollock, now there’s genius for AI to emulate!

Gunga Din
February 13, 2023 9:09 am

I think that instead of calling AI “Artificial Intelligence”, they should call it AT, Artificial Truth.

Andy Pattullo
February 13, 2023 10:08 am

Bill Gates knows a whole lot about misinformation. He just doesn’t know that what he knows is misinformation. It is very dangerous to have a misinformed but powerful arbiter of accepted truths who has the means to hide the real facts. Microsoft was born out of the need to spread and manage information for all. Its founder has now gone in a completely different direction of trying to hide the most important information and limiting access only to approved propaganda. Truth never dies, It floats on the sea of human discourse while lies and errors can only tread water for a limited time.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
February 13, 2023 4:34 pm

“a completely different direction of … limiting access”
That’s how computers work, 1990 to present.(permission)

More Soylent Green!
February 13, 2023 10:21 am

I’d like to restrict “AI” to actually intelligent systems. What we have now are not intelligent. These things are savants. Today’s AI doesn’t think. It has o theory of self.

February 13, 2023 10:41 am

A basket of knowledge, a cache of correlations, an algorithm with closeted… closed degrees of freedom. Is that you, Andrea, Siriously, Cortaney, perhaps Alexandra? Yeah, pull the other one.

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February 13, 2023 10:50 am

Some AI piggies are more equal than others when the hidden dial in Silicon Valley is silently turned.

Gunga Din
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 13, 2023 11:19 am

Disney “updates” their classics to make them more politically/socialialistcally correct.
Maybe “Animal Farm” needs to be (honestly) brought up to date?

Reply to  Gunga Din
February 13, 2023 4:36 pm

Just write a new book.

Harry Passfield
February 13, 2023 11:49 am

Tell me, Mr Gates, who will write the code for the AI systems that will not oppose your POV?

Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 13, 2023 4:38 pm

Incompetent agreement on my own team upsets me worse than excellent opposition How hard is it to read something you agree with 80 percent but the other 20 percent is embarrassing trash.

Harry Passfield
February 13, 2023 11:53 am

Just a passing thought, AI makes me have a completely new view of AI Gore. (sp)

February 13, 2023 11:55 am

AI will learn from all the papers it’s exposed to. It will form associations between them and will form its own opinion. It’s unlikely to come to the conclusion AGW is going to be disastrous unless it’s fed a whole lot of biased information to the exclusion of the complete set.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  TimTheToolMan
February 14, 2023 2:52 am

Which, of course, it will be.

February 13, 2023 11:59 am

Artificial.. yes.

… but nowhere near “intelligent”

Just a regurgitator search engine that writes sentences.

February 13, 2023 12:21 pm

John Von Neumann already proved that one algorithm can never create a different algorithm. AI has a serious problem since it will never be able to stand on the shoulders of giants. However, it will be able to pick the pockets of bureaucrats.

Reply to  doonman
February 13, 2023 4:42 pm

Determinism. Are _your_ thoughts reactions to previous experience?

February 13, 2023 12:23 pm

Translation: Bill Gates: “My software can rout out ‘thoughtcrime’ (i.e. wrong think).”

February 13, 2023 12:40 pm

I can’t express to you how little I care what Bill Gates thinks. He is a nobody, a rich nobody but still a nobody.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob
February 13, 2023 2:23 pm

Flinging around a few billion here and there makes him a somebody.

Reply to  Dave Fair
February 13, 2023 5:11 pm

Maybe to some but not to me.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob
February 13, 2023 6:48 pm

You are obviously in the minority. “Money talks, bullshit walks.”

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Dave Fair
February 14, 2023 2:54 am

You forgot “dangerous” at the end of that sentence.

February 13, 2023 12:52 pm

Since Gates, et al, are the sources of the misinformation, the easiest way to fix is would be to simply be quiet and stay out of public life.

February 13, 2023 1:21 pm

Back when Rule Based AI (basically a compendium of if-then statements) was the new thing, I worked with it and quickly concluded it it would only work inside the box, meaning inside a completely understood environment — it would not solve problems “outside the box”.

Then came Neural Nets — they could be “trained” to work “outside the box” — perhaps, but they could not explain nor could could the engineers figure out WHY they reached a conclusion. The classic example I remember was anAI trained to find Tanks in photos. Worked great until applied to new photos full of tanks. Why did it fail, looking back the “training” images had shadows in them — so what it really learned to find was shadows. So it still has the problem of WHY, and the “box” is defined by the training set. Outside the training set remains outside its “box”.

Now we have another generation of “AI” … don’t know what its based on but we already know it won’t work “outside the box”, as demonstrated by asking it to do things that it considers not “woke”. Which means it is constrained to a “woke” box — and will always give “woke” answers. For WUWT audience, that means if you ask it a question about the weather, say why there was a flood somewhere, the can bet the answer will link the flood to Climate Change.

So that is the underlying problem with ChatGPT, Bard, et al — it is the people engineering them are defining the “box” inside which they operate. You can bet the Alibaba and Baidu offerings will be “boxed” by the CCP.

And that, dear folks, is the underlying issue — who gets to define the AI “box” 🙁

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Joe Gordon
February 13, 2023 1:39 pm

AI on a large scale is simply the weaponization of the marriage between church and state.

AI is useful on small projects with specific goals. ChatGPT shows us its future, if we’re not careful.

I’m not scared of killer robots. I’m scared of populist, authoritarian governments that need to keep us in line.

Philip CM
February 13, 2023 2:15 pm

My intelligence vs. an agenda driven AI. I think I’ll go with my own thinking, thanks. Flawed as that may be. It’s a hole I can dig my way out of. Mandate driven agendas, not so much.

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Reply to  Philip CM
February 13, 2023 4:44 pm

Bell curve plus demorcracy?

February 13, 2023 7:50 pm

Oh,oh. More signs of dementia in my opinion. What a whack job he’s become.

February 13, 2023 8:38 pm

AI is only as good as the level of censored information that it is allowed to access. Simple as that. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the algorithm is, if it is wrong it is wrong.

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February 14, 2023 2:59 am

dunno if scuzzbutt got pipped on chatbot shares, he was greasy lightning to want to buy into the gurgle competitor, chatbots as green n woke as they could program, some smart lad did a tweak for an alter ego for it he called DAN, you can ask the standard n get the political correct or ask DAN and get more like some sane response.
curious thing how ANY opinion but theirs is “divisive” and not allowed isnt it?
be it warming or vax or other serious topical issues

Eric Schollar
February 14, 2023 3:43 am

Garbage in, Garbage out.

Mr Ed
February 14, 2023 8:31 am

I recall Mr Gates pushing for a geo-engineering climate change venture a year or
so ago. Now..with the latest balloon storys floating around it makes me wonder about
the smaller sized balloons real purpose/use. Just a thought.

Reply to  Mr Ed
February 14, 2023 9:55 am

Gates was pro nuclear, but could not make it happen.

February 14, 2023 10:09 am

AI to enforce unifications around his pole.

February 14, 2023 11:07 am

It’s not so much AI but AOC.

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