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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 13:35 IST

AI can bring global equity: Bill Gates

Offering a timeline for AI integration, Gates forecasted that high-income nations such as the United States could witness widespread AI adoption.

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Bill Gates | Image:Gates Notes
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Exciting and confusing times: Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, expressed optimism about the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in fostering global equity in his annual predictions for 2024, in his recent blog post titled, ‘The road ahead reaches a turning point in 2024.’ 

Gates contended that judicious investments in AI technologies could narrow, if not eradicate, the disparity in the adoption of innovations between affluent and economically challenged regions. He underscored the imperative for AI solutions, especially in sectors like global health, to be customised to meet the specific needs of end-users.

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“We are just at the beginning of this transition right now. This is an exciting and confusing time, and if you haven’t figured out how to make the best use of AI yet, you are not alone,” wrote Bill Gates.

Offering a timeline for AI integration, Gates forecasted that high-income nations such as the United States could witness widespread AI adoption among the general populace within the next 18 to 24 months. In contrast, he projected a comparable level of uptake in African countries within approximately three years. While acknowledging an existing disparity, Gates underlined that these timelines represent a marked improvement compared to previous innovation cycles.

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Reflecting on recent developments, Gates also wrote about the role of AI, suggesting that while the technology can operate autonomously to a certain extent, it should predominantly function as an assistive tool or "copilot." He cautioned that challenges persist, including the imperative to scale projects while maintaining quality standards and ensuring sustainable backend infrastructure.

Earlier pronouncements by Gates have positioned AI as a transformative force akin to the advent of mobile phones and the internet, heralding what he terms the "Age of AI."

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 11:01 IST

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