Microsoft creator Bill Gates believes the expert system and genetics therapy are both innovations with the best power to transform lives. In a speech being delivered Feb. 14 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gates said AI could “understand complex biological systems,” while gene-based tools have the potential to treat AIDS.
The possibility of AI is only being recognized currently, the billionaire benefactor said Friday, with computational power increasing every 3.5 months. Together with improvements in taking care of data, Bill Gates said it’s making it possible for “the ability to synthesize, evaluate, see patterns, gain insights as well as make forecasts across lots of, a lot more measurements than a human can comprehend.”
Gates said the most exciting component of AI “is just how it can aid us in understanding complex organic systems and speed up the exploration of therapeutics to enhance wellness in the poorest countries.”
Gene-editing technologies will meanwhile help with vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics, he said. “[It] has the potential to improve health — not only for rare genetic disorders but also for diseases that predominately afflict people in poor countries.”
Gates also addressed the deadly coronavirus, stating these two modern technologies could assist with diagnostic examinations, therapy, and vaccine development.
“Our foundation has committed up to $100 million to address thisbecause we believe it poses a serious threat to global health,” Gates said. “This money will support efforts to detect, isolate and treat confirmed cases, help countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia take steps to prepare for the epidemic and protect their most vulnerable citizens, and accelerate the development of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics.”