The Age of AI has begun


By Bill Gates | March 21, 2023

The development of amazing artificial intelligence models like GPT might seem sudden, but it’s not. It’s just the latest step in computer scientists’ decades-long quest to develop machines that can see, read, and at least appear to think. It’s not the last step, either: AI will only get better with time.

AI is going to empower people in incredible ways, but I’m especially excited about its potential to make the world a more equitable place. AI can help expand access to health care in underserved communities, improve education in the United States and around the world, and even help us avoid a climate disaster. Making sure that it benefits everyone—and not just people who are well-off—is the priority for my work on AI.

As with any new technology, there are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed—and I believe they can be. We need to mitigate the risks so we can make the most of AI’s incredible potential to make people’s lives better.

In my latest (long!) Gates Notes post, “The Age of AI has begun,” I share some thoughts about how to deal with these risks while also using AI to advance the cause of equity. And stay tuned for more on this topic—the Gates Foundation will have much more to say about AI’s impact on inequity in the coming months. I hope you’ll take a look.

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