Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, thinks that AI’s future lies in a Google and Amazon-killing AI-built personal assistant (or agent). According to CNBC’s reporting from an AI event hosted by Goldman Sachs and SV Angel, Gates predicted that the technology will be “profound” and had the potential to “radically” change user behavior.
Currently, just a few consumer technology firms provide virtual assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa, and none of them use a generative AI-like approach. ChatGPT, Bard, and Bing are only a few examples of AI chatbots that may serve as virtual assistants; nevertheless, their development is still in its early stages. A Gates-like AI assistant or agent, though, could not be that far off.
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Gates made the following statement during the AI-centric event: “Whoever wins the personal agent, which is the big thing, since they are never going to a search site again, never go to a productivity site again, never going to Amazon again.” In an interview, the ex-CEO of Microsoft boasted that the unreleased AI helper will be able to learn customers’ preferences and “read the material that you have no time to read.” To be honest, Gates’s AI helper sounds a lot like Iron Man’s Jarvis.
Gates is hopeful that Microsoft can develop new technologies whenever they are ready. He says, “I’d be disappointed if Microsoft didn’t come in there,” before adding, “But I’m pleased with a handful of startups, for example, Inflection,” where Inflection is Inflection AI.
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The company’s AI-driven mission is to streamline human interaction with automated systems. The former Microsoft CEO spoke during the event, focusing on the positive effects of AI in medicine. He believes AI will hasten breakthroughs in both the space industry and the pharmaceutical industry. According to Gates, in ten years, it is possible that human trials could begin on new medications that might help cure illnesses like Alzheimer’s.