Bill Gates: AI is the holy grail

Bill and Melinda Gates talk artificial intelligence at Code Conference 2016. Image: LANCE ULANOFF/MASHABLE By Lance Ulanoff2016-06-02 02:17:55 UTC RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California —Bill Gates is apparently balancing his fear of “super intelligence” with an almost unbridled enthusiasm for the future of artificial intelligence. “No doubt in a 19-year time frame there will be more robots doing physical jobs,” said Gates at the Code Conference on Wednesday. Gates foresees them driving (autonomous cars) in warehouses and even cleaning up rooms. The former Microsoft CEO and founder has, apparently been reading up on AI. Gate’s wife, Melinda Gates, who runs the Gates Foundation with him, explained that she always knows what’s on Bill’s mind just by looking at his book bag. Recently, she said, it’s been filled with AI books. “So while you think he’s working on philanthropy, he’s also working on AI,” she said,…


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