Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes that the artificial intelligence program “ChatGPT” is as important as the invention of the Internet.
Gates said in his comment, “So far, artificial intelligence can read and write, but it cannot understand the content. New programs such as” ChatGPT “will make many office jobs more efficient by helping to write invoices or messages. This will change our world.”
ChatGPT is a chatbot that provides human-like responses to user inquiries, developed by the American company “OpenAI” with support from Microsoft, and has been classified as the fastest growing consumer application in history.
Gates added that he expects many newcomers to enter the field of artificial intelligence. “Actually, part of the excitement is that there will be a lot of newcomers in this field, but what OpenAI has done is impressive,” he said.
Will artificial intelligence steal our jobs?
Gates said that routine jobs will certainly be among the first jobs that will be affected by artificial intelligence, but more slowly than expected. A change will occur, as happened with factory robots within the next five or ten years, but driving autonomous machines for business will face challenges and will take some time to be completed solve it.
What amazes Gates most about artificial intelligence is the ability of large language models to read and write. “Summarizing a complex set of documents or writing something in the style of a well-known writer is really exciting,” he said.
He added that he often turns to chatGPT for creative work, “when you’re with a group of friends and you want to write a poem about how fun something is, you just have to say, ‘Write it like Shakespeare,’ and the robot will do it easily.”
Microsoft is an early investor in OpenAI, and it recently announced a multi-billion dollar investment to further develop its software.
Gates – who left the Microsoft board of directors in 2020 – still devotes about 10% of his time at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, to meeting with its teams.