Bill Gates speaks on the perils and promises of AI

Mar 20, 2019, 7:53 AM EDT
(Source: Foundations World Economic Forum/flickr)
(Source: Foundations World Economic Forum/flickr)

Just like nuclear power, artificial intelligence (AI) is both “promising and dangerous,” and the onus lies on humanity to make constructive use of this unusual technology, says Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

Addressing a conference at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Gates said that the role of AI in medicine and education should be explored to make real-world changes, for example, in saving lives and facilitating better learning and lesser dropouts, notes CNET. He added that the technology is yet to make significant contribution in improving the society.

Gates, who has been vocal of his fears that super intelligence could be a potential threat to humanity, also said that the U.S. no longer enjoys the same dominant leadership in AI research as it used to in case of other breakthrough technologies, reports Futurism.