Updated December 19th, 2023 at 13:20 IST

Bill Gates foresees AI revolutionising innovation in coming year

Gates estimates a timeline of 18 to 24 months before widespread adoption of AI technologies in the United States.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Bill Gates | Image:AP

Bill Gates, in his annual end-of-year letter, prognosticates an imminent surge of groundbreaking advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), poised to unfold in 2024. Emphasizing the monumental significance, Gates underscores, "The work taking place in the upcoming year is laying the groundwork for a substantial technological surge later in this decade."

Leveraging his extensive expertise in technology and global challenges, Gates urges continued faith in the potential of AI, acknowledging his occasional befuddlement with the intricacies of this evolving technology.


Gates believes US will witness widespread adoption in 18-24 months

Anticipating the course ahead, Gates estimates a timeline of 18 to 24 months before widespread adoption of AI technologies in the United States, and an extended period of approximately three years in Africa. Nevertheless, he views this reduced temporal gap as a pivotal improvement, bridging previous digital disparities.


However, Gates candidly admits, "I had envisioned utilizing AI tools for the foundation's strategy reviews this year, encompassing the meticulous review of numerous briefing materials, yet I ended up preparing for them in the same manner I have always followed."

Offering reassurance to those navigating the complexities of AI integration, Gates emphasizes, “If you find yourself yet to optimize the potential of AI, you're not alone.”


Gates is directing his focus towards the transformative role of AI in fostering equitable opportunities, envisioning a future where AI contributes to ensuring "every child an equal chance to survive and thrive." In his pursuit, he underlines the need for tailoring AI products to suit the diverse needs of users, drawing insights from global health strategies.

AI will combat antibiotic resistance?

Highlighting an area of critical concern, Gates envisions AI as a crucial tool in combating antibiotic resistance, envisioning its potential to provide recommendations to healthcare practitioners regarding the most effective drugs, dosages, and durations tailored to specific local populations.

Gates' forward-looking vision delineates the potential for AI not only to catalyze innovation but also to address pressing global challenges, ushering in an era where technological advancements are harnessed for the greater good.


Published December 19th, 2023 at 13:20 IST