Billionaire tech mogul Bill Gates said artificial intelligence should be used to combat "digital misinformation" and "political polarization" in an interview with the German news outlet Handelsblatt, as reported by Breitbart.
He said, "I'm certainly concerned about political polarization … I wouldn't have expected people to attack the Capitol [on Jan. 6, 2021], or people to deny the validity of election results … We can't blame AI for that. That happened. 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]," said Gates. He then said "political polarization" could be solved by AI minimization of "confirmation bias."
Gates went on to talk about climate change being an existential threat to mankind, calling for government intervention to lessen carbon emissions and eventually eliminate fossil fuels use.
"It's not optional to have a solution for climate," said Gates. Carbon emissions should be limited "to zero" through "clean energy" and "green energy" initiatives, he said.
Gates said "green infrastructure" is in line with the government's desire to eliminate fossil fuels for affordable and practical energy.
"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," he added, going on to say the Ukraine-Russia conflict could potentially "energize the recognition" to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions associated with gas and oil use.
"Investment in green infrastructure is even more of a priority than it was before the war," said Gates.
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