Bill Gates says AI will make tackling climate change easier but 'must be used by people with good intentions' Science & Tech News

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The philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder told Sky's The World With Yalda Hakim that artificial intelligence would make innovation “very easy”. But he also warned of the dangers of cyber-attacks and technology being used in political interference.

Wed Jun 26 2024 22:17, UK

Bill Gates has said that artificial intelligence (AI) will accelerate innovation and help tackle climate change – but warned that it must be used by “well-intentioned people.”

Philanthropists and Microsoft The co-founder made the comments during an interview with Sky News at the Breakthrough Energy Summit in London.

Gates told The world with Yalda Hakim that AI has so far “played a fairly minor role” in helping to tackle climate change, but is going to make innovation “much easier to do”.

He said: “AI helps us model things in science: to better understand materials, and catalysis, and how proteins are made.

“AI will accelerate innovation in every field of endeavor, whether it's in medicine or tutoring, helping in education.

“[With] Climate [change]Some complex stuff like modeling fusion energy – thank goodness. A.I That would make it a lot easier to do.”

When asked if he was concerned about suggestions that such technologies could be used to overthrow governments, Gates said he had “not heard of that particular scenario”.

“AI is so important that we need to make sure it's being used by the most people with good intentions,” he said.

He added that “anytime you have a new technology” it is “mostly used by teachers, doctors and scientists to help them be more efficient” but said that “AI is a cyber Those engaged in attacks or political interference” may use

“So you have to make sure that the good guys are on the front lines of detecting and stopping this kind of use,” he said.

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Gates said there is nothing “too big” about AI, adding: “There is misinformation, but it has nothing to do with AI.”

He said we have to “guess” that AI could be used to create fake videos, which he said should be dismissed as inauthentic.

“Because we know that when something was printed on a piece of paper, anyone could have typed it, but we still consider videos somehow authentic because they were hard to fake,” he said. He said, as he urged people to ask themselves: “Where did it come from?”

“There will be laws creating penalties to fool people,” he added.

However, he remained optimistic for the future, adding: “The biggest thing is to advance medical science, advance education and take on this climate problem and advance this innovation even faster.”

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Pressed on whether AI can be used in cyber attacks. Infrastructure like hospitalswater or electricity, Gates said: “The defense has to be smarter than the offense. And both sides will use AI to improve their game.”

Asked if he was concerned about the future of AI, he said it was an “amazing technology when used to help in education and health”.

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Gates added: “It will bring about changes that will challenge governments to think: 'How do we take action?' And this is at a time where — do people trust the government to do these things?[s] be

“So this conversation where governments are starting to pay attention is very important.”

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