Bill Gates returns to Reddit for eleventh “Ask Me Anything” session
The Microsoft co-founder and former CEO talked climate change, vaccines, the ethics of being a billionaire, wealth taxes, corporation tax and generative artificial intelligence in a Reddit thread.
When asked about what emerging technology will be bigger than expected in the next decade Gates highlighted artificial intelligence saying: “AI is the big one. I don't think Web3 was that big or that metaverse stuff alone was revolutionary but AI is quite revolutionary...”
On generative AI like ChatGPT Gates said “It gives a glimpse of what is to come. I am impressed with this whole approach and the rate of innovation.” In another comment discussing the same topic, he highlighted some of the potential of the technology: “Thinking of it in the Gates Foundation context, we want to have tutors that help kids learn maths and stay interested. We want medical help for people in Africa who can't access a doctor.”
Highlighting one of the pitfalls of engaging on Reddit threads, some commentors took the opportunity to criticise Gates, some people he formerly associated with, as well as some of the Gates Foundation’s investments.