Re: Bill Gates: Fears AI, Likes Bitcoint, Loves Dogs
Reddit AMAs definitely have a unique personal feel to them, but Bill Gates tends to come off as a down-to-earth, well learned person in other interviews I've seen as well. He doesn't seem content to rest on his success, probably accomplishing more notable and varied goals in his lifetime than most will. It says more about him, though, that he always endeavors to learn all about these topics (reading his responses about waste disposal was enlightening) as he's tackling them - versus just throwing money at a problem. Like others, the bit about AI stood out as a little weird to me. It's not like there's nothing to be concerned about on that front, but those of us who understand the technologies we call 'AI' today tend to agree that our future doesn't look quite that much like a scifi movie - but, it's hard to convey tone via text, and we may be reading too much into what was intended as an offhand comment.
The goals of the foundation do provide an interesting distillation of the technology we've developed in our lifetimes. What's the point of it all if we don't use it to help people in need? Not just critical needs like banking and healthcare, even very very rudimentary internet access could give kids around the world access to great educational resources and leapfrog them generations over what's available to them today. There was an interesting quote a bit farther down in the AMA - "So far we have not being able to use technology to connect people to the needs of the poorest in countries that are far away to tap into their empathy. I think this can be done but it needs some missing creativity." If I understand it right, that's meant to refer to crowdfunding. It's true and a little sad - if we can raise millions to make a new kind of phone case with a few clicks, we should be able do the same for those in need.