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Bill Gates shares his thoughts on the next phase of AI.
"I still love software as much today as I did when Paul Allen and I started Microsoft. But—even though it has improved a lot in the decades since then—in many ways, software is still pretty dumb," he writes.
"To do any task on a computer, you have to tell your device which app to use. You can use Microsoft Word and Google Docs to draft a business proposal, but they can’t help you send an email, share a selfie, analyze data, schedule a party, or buy movie tickets."
But that is about to change.
"You won’t have to use different apps for different tasks. You’ll simply tell your device, in everyday language, what you want to do."
This type of software is called an agent.
Here is a summary of his text.
A personal assistant for everyone
Upcoming AI agents will be far superior to earlier digital assistants. They will understand complex requests and manage a variety of activities, integrating knowledge of the user's personal and professional life.
AI's future in healthcare extends beyond administrative tasks to patient triage and health advice, especially in underserved regions. These agents will also assist healthcare professionals in decision-making.
AI agents are set to revolutionize education by offering tailored learning experiences. They will adapt teaching methods to each student's interests and learning styles, enhancing both teaching and learning processes.
In productivity, AI agents will undertake diverse tasks, functioning like a multifaceted personal assistant. They will assist in creating business plans, presentations, and manage personal errands.
Entertainment and shopping
In the realms of entertainment and shopping, AI will not only recommend but also facilitate actions based on these recommendations, thus enhancing user experience and choice-making.
A shock wave in the tech industry
The advent of AI agents is expected to be a major platform shift in technology, impacting both how software is used and created. This shift will enable even non-developers to create apps and services easily.
The technical challenges
Creating AI agents involves technical challenges like developing new data structures for detailed personal information and determining interaction methods, while ensuring privacy and reducing biases.