Bill Gates says calls to pause AI won’t ‘solve challenges’

By Jennifer Rigby
Apr 4, 2023

Calls to pause the development of artificial intelligence will not “solve the challenges” ahead, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told Reuters, his first public comments since an open letter sparked a debate about the future of the technology.

The technologist-turned-philanthropist said it would be better to focus on how best to use the developments in AI, as it was hard to understand how a pause could work globally.

His interview with Reuters comes after an open letter — published last week and co-signed by Elon Musk and more than 1,000 AI experts – demanded an urgent pause in the development of systems “more powerful” than Microsoft-backed (MSFT.O) OpenAI’s new GPT-4, which can hold human-like conversation, compose songs and summarise lengthy documents.

“I don’t think asking one particular group to pause solves the challenges,” Gates said on Monday.

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