In an interview published Thursday with Handelsblatt, a German news media outlet, Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates said artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to solve the problems of “digital misinformation” and “political polarization,” Breitbart reported.
Handelsblatt Editor-in-Chief Sebastian Mathes talks with Bill Gates about the disruptive potential of AI, as well as the future of energy supply and how new technologies are changing the world of work.
“I am certainly concerned about political polarization, and I know the US situation best. I didn’t expect people to attack the capitol [on Jan. 6, 2021]or the people deny the legitimacy of the election results. I’m shocked by that, Gates said in response to a question about the spread of “misinformation” through AI.
“We cannot blame AI for this. Which happened. This is magnified by digital channels that allow various conspiracy theories like QAnon or whatever people want to believe to be blasted. So, digital tools can play a supportive role,” he continued.
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When asked if he was concerned about AI spreading confusion, Gates said it was more of a future problem than the present and that AI could be used to correct “misinformation” that currently exists.
“It could be in the future. It’s not our case today,” Gates said. “That’s how we are [going to] A factor in polarization that solves digital misinformation? You have to take AI into account.”
Gates added that his generation has yet to solve the problem of “misinformation that can overwhelm digital channels.” People can become confirmation biased by only seeing things they agree with and become outraged in ways that drive political polarization,” the Epoch Times reported.
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Gates has framed “climate change” as an existential threat to humanity while calling for government action to reduce and eventually eliminate fossil fuel use and associated carbon dioxide emissions.
“Having a solution for climate is not optional,” he held, adding that carbon dioxide emissions must be brought to “zero” through “clean energy” and “green energy” options.
Developing reliable and affordable energy is consistent with government efforts to phase out fossil fuels and develop “green infrastructure,” Gates claimed.
He concluded by speculating that the Russia-Ukraine war “may reinforce recognition” of the perceived need to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions through oil and gas use.
“It now appears that the 10- to 20-year time frame in which climate goals and energy security goals are aligned, he said, “says that investment in green infrastructure is more of a priority than ever. fight.”