Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates, dubbed “Dr. Evil” on social media, is now shoving his grubby hands into the world of “digital misinformation” and artificial intelligence (AI).
On Thursday, German news media outlet Handelsblatt published an interview with Gates, in which he suggested using AI to help combat “digital misinformation” and “political polarization.”
When asked about the spread of “misinformation” via AI, Gates defending AI by recalling the January 6 protest, calling it an “attack on the Capitol.”
He said, “I’m certainly concerned about political polarization, and I know the U.S. situation best of all. 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.”
Gates continued, “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.”
He added, “You’ll have to take AI into consideration” to “solve the digital misinformation [problem],” and then described “political polarization” as another issue the could be remedied by the use of AI to reduce “confirmation bias.”
Gates also spoke about “climate change” and declared it to be an existential threat to humanity, while calling for more government regulations to eliminate fossil fuels.
In other words, rely solely on the government and electricity…
“It’s not optional to have a solution for climate,” he argued, stating that carbon dioxide emissions must be brought “to zero” with “clean energy” and “green energy” substitutes.
After droning on about “green infrastructure,” Gates concluded by predicting that the war between Russia and Ukraine could “energize the recognition” that we “need” to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions through 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,” he said, “to say that investment in green infrastructure is even more of a priority than it was before the war.”