Bill Gates Says AI Will Change How We Use Computers Forever

As the co-founder of one of the most consequential tech companies to ever exist, Bill Gates is uniquely positioned to make predictions about the future of the industry. In a recent blog post that he published, Gates opined that AI will complete and utterly transform the manner in which we use our computers with all things having been considered and taken into account. This is the latest in a long line of statements that he’s made which refer to AI as the most revolutionary invention of the 21st century.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that his predictions have to do with how we interact with our devices. Instead of having to use a separate app for various tasks, we will be able to just tell our devices what we want to do. The presence of AI will make it so that these requests will be made in simple everyday language, and our phones and computers will be able to intuitively understand and fulfil our needs.

Gates also refers to this as having an AI powered virtual assistant with all things having been considered and taken into account. This software will be an “agent” in Bill Gates’s terms, and he feels like it’s an important step in the evolution of tech.

He compares this to what happened when personal computers developed icons that could be clicked on as well as graphical interfaces. Prior to their creation, people had to input text commands because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing the computer to understand their requests. AI will now take things even further by making computers able to understand simple spoken language, which will eventually make the entire software industry much more different than it is right now.
The predictive and learning capabilities of AI will make it better able to understand what we need than might have been the case otherwise. Indeed, it might even be able to make suggestions based on patterns of behavior. Gates went on to point out how this will transform the medical, education and entertainment industries to name a few. It remains to be seen whether AI will truly be as revolutionary as he thinks it is, but it is well on its way to getting there.

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