Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is pushing a disturbing dystopian plan to fight so-called “digital misinformation” and “political polarization” online.
Speaking during a new podcast interview with German news media outlet Handelsblatt, Gates argues that artificial intelligence (AI) should be used to police the speech of humans on the Internet.
When asked about “political polarization” and “misinformation,” Gates gave the Jan. 6 as an example, which he referred to as an “attack” against the Capitol.
He continued by declaring that he’s still “in a state of shock” over people questioning the 2020 election results.
“I’m certainly concerned about political polarization, and I know the U.S. situation best of all,” Gates said.
“I wouldn’t have expected people to attack the Capitol, or people to deny the validity of election results.
“I’m in a state of shock about that.
“We can’t blame AI for that,” he continued.
“It may have been magnified by digital channels that allow various conspiracy theories like QAnon or whatever to be blasted out by people who wanted to believe those things.
“So, the digital tools may have played an auxiliary role.”
“You’ll have to take AI into consideration” to “solve the digital misinformation [problem],” Gates added.
He continued by describing “political polarization” as another social problem that could be partially remedied via the use of AI to reduce “confirmation bias.”
Gates touted the use of applications of generative AI like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which he says could improve office efficiency, drafting invoices, and letters
“This will change our world,” he declared.
Soon, “you’ll have announcements from Microsoft and Google, where they’re competing to lead in this space,” Gates added.
Google also recently announced the launch of Bard, its ChatGPT competitor.
ChatGPT is a natural language processing tool driven by AI technology that allows you to have human-like conversations and much more with a chatbot.
The language model can answer questions, and assist you with tasks such as composing emails, essays, and code.
ChatGPT is being seen as the first major challenger to Google’s search engine.
However, the AI chatbot has been stoking controversy over its inherent bias.
Unlike Google, ChatGPT doesn’t search the Internet so its responses have been programmed into it.
During a recent study, the AI chatbot was labeled “woke” after its biases were exposed.
Elon Musk described it as “concerning” when the program suggested it would prefer to detonate a nuclear weapon, killing millions, rather than use a racial slur.
The chatbot also refused to write a poem praising President Donald Trump but was happy to do so for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
And the program also refuses to speak about the benefits of fossil fuels.
Experts have warned that if such systems are used to generate search results, the political biases of the AI bots could mislead users.
Yet, according to Gates, these bots should be used to censor the speech of real people online.
Elsewhere in his interview, Gates framed “climate change” as an existential threat to humanity.
He called for government measures to force reductions and the eventual elimination of fossil fuel consumption and associated carbon dioxide emissions.
“It’s not optional to have a solution for climate,” he held, adding that carbon dioxide emissions must be brought “to zero” via “clean energy” and “green energy” substitutes.
Development of reliable and affordable energy is in harmony with governmental pursuits of eliminating fossil fuels and development of “green infrastructure,” Gates claimed.
He concluded by speculating that the Russia-Ukraine war could “energize the recognition” of the supposed need to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions via oil and gas consumption.
“It’s now seen that in the 10- to 20-year-time frame that the goals of climate and the goals of energy security align to say that investment in green infrastructure is even more of a priority than it was before the war,” he stated.