Bill Gates is very good at predicting the future. Although then it does not happen as he thought. In 2001, he presented the Tablet PC, but what triumphed was the iPad in 2011. The same thing happened to him with the mobile phone and smart watches. He saw what was to come, but things did not happen according to his vision. Now he has just predicted technological transformations with the arrival of artificial intelligence: Amazon and Google searches have, from his point of view, their days numbered.

The Microsoft co-founder attended an event by investment firms Goldman Sachs and SV Angel in San Francisco on Monday night, where he explained that he hopes that with artificial intelligence, technology companies will develop personal assistants that will do many tasks for the world. human beings: “whoever wins the personal agent, that’s the big thing, because you’re never going to a search site again, you’re never going to a productivity site again, you’re never going to Amazon again.”

Gates’s idea is that each of us has an artificial intelligence assistant that is capable of understanding our needs and knows our habits perfectly to anticipate what we need. One of the examples can be controversial, because according to the philanthropist, he will be able to help you with activities like “reading the things you don’t have time to read”.

Among the winners of this race for the digital butler, Bill Gates envisions Microsoft, which after a heavy investment in OpenAI (13,000 million dollars) has integrated the ChatGPT language model into its Bing search engine with the intention of making it a competition direct to Google. “I would be disappointed if Microsoft didn’t get in there,” Gates said, “but I’m impressed with a couple of startups.”

Among them, Gates mentioned one called Inflection, whose founders are Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, which aims to “make personal artificial intelligence for every person in the world.” It is the same concept of assistant. Inflection cannot do certain complex tasks like ChatGPT: scheduling, creating tour itineraries, or writing long papers. Instead, you can carry on long conversations in a “kind and empathetic” style. Suleyman sets out to “design an AI that helps you articulate your intentions, organize your life, and be there for you when you need it.”

Gates expressed the conviction that future humanoid robots, due to their lower costs compared to humans, will greatly affect the jobs of millions of “white collar” workers, an English expression to refer to staff who work in offices.“ When we invent these robots, we’ll have to make sure they don’t get Alzheimer’s,” he jokingly added.