Bill Gates Meets With Google Over Artificial Intelligence for Health Care
Former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, says that artificial intelligence progression is both good and bad for society. While Gates worries that AI could advance nefarious agendas such as weaponry and human manipulation, he strongly supports AI health care initiatives.
“The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and dangerous — you know, we had nuclear energy and nuclear weapons,” Gates said last week at the 2019 Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Symposium at Stanford University.
“The place that I think this is most concerning is in weapon systems,” Gates continued.
Some of the listed concerns derived from the Symposium are as follows:
- Speech synthesis for impersonation – think Political candidate speech manipulation.
- Human behavior prediction – consider machines knowing where you will go or what you will buy.
- Mood manipulation – AI that creates discontent, or outrage.
- Weapons which act on AI impulses and strategy – a loss of human control over nuclear war potential.
“I think autonomous weapons are extremely scary, ” said Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, said recently the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Forum on Leadership. His sentiments echo Gate’s concern over artificial intelligence ruling warfare agendas.
Gates Supports Artificial-Intelligence Technology in Health Care
When it comes to AI and health care, Gate’s tone is more positive.
“In the medical field, you know, we just don’t have doctors. Most people are born and die in Africa without coming near to a doctor,” said Gates.
He believes that artificial-intelligence in health care may eliminate “gendercide.” He discussed his initiatives with Google employees.
“We’re doing a lot of work with analyzing ultrasound, and we can do things like sex-blind the output, because we’re not having anybody actually see the image. We can tell you what’s going on without revealing the gender, which is, of course — when you do that, it drives gendercide. And yet, we’re doing the analysis, the medical understanding, in a much deeper way, and that’s an example where it’s all done with a lot of machine learning.
“I was meeting with the guys at Google who are helping us with this morning, and there’s some incredible promise in that field, where, in the primary health-care system, the amount of sophistication to do diagnosis and understand, for example, ‘Is this a high-risk pregnancy?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Let’s escalate that person to go to the hospital level,’ even though you couldn’t afford to do that on a widespread basis. So this stuff is going to be very domain-specific.”
Google did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment regarding the Gate’s meeting. Gates is funding a Harvard group that’s attempting to block the sun’s rays from earth. He believes that reducing the sun’s light on earth will help thwart climate change. As you can imagine, the agenda has its share of critics.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.