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Bill Gates Predicts AI’s Role in Global Equity, Mainstream Adoption Soon

AI In his annual predictions blog post for the year 2024, Bill Gates, the esteemed investor and co-founder of Microsoft, expressed optimism about the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in fostering global equity. Gates asserted that strategic investments in AI could substantially reduce, and even eliminate, the temporal gap between the introduction of new
In his annual predictions blog post for the year 2024, Bill Gates, the esteemed investor and co-founder of Microsoft, expressed optimism about the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in fostering global equity. Gates asserted that strategic investments in AI could substantially reduce, and even eliminate, the temporal gap between the introduction of new innovations in affluent regions and their dissemination in economically challenged areas.

Emphasizing the pivotal role of tailored AI solutions, Gates particularly highlighted lessons from AI applications in the realm of global health. He underscored the importance of aligning AI products with the specific needs of the end-users, a principle he believed should be extended to various sectors.

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Providing a timeline for the integration of AI into everyday life, Gates predicted that high-income countries, such as the United States, could witness significant levels of AI usage by the general population within the next 18 to 24 months. Meanwhile, he anticipated a comparable level of adoption in African countries within approximately three years, noting that this timeline represents a considerably shorter lag than observed with previous technological innovations.

Acknowledging the nascent stage of AI development, Gates reflected on the lessons learned during the past year. He observed that AI has demonstrated its capacity to autonomously perform certain tasks and act as a valuable “copilot.” However, Gates cautioned that there is still a long road ahead, with challenges including the need to scale projects without compromising quality and establishing backend access with sustained functionality.

Earlier in the year, Gates had declared the commencement of the “Age of AI,” likening the technology’s revolutionary impact to that of mobile phones and the Internet. Throughout the preceding year, the rapid emergence of generative AI had disrupted numerous industries globally, from India leveraging AI for more accurate weather forecasting to the creation of entire AI-based newsrooms. Even notable figures such as the Pope weighed in on the profound influence of this technology.

Wasif Shakir

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