Bill Gates: AI and gene therapy have the power to save lives

Microsoft founder Bill Gates thinks artificial intelligence and gene therapy are the two technologies with the greatest power to change lives. In a speech Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gates said AI can “make sense of complex biological systems,” while gene-based tools have the potential to cure AIDS.

The potential of AI is only just being realized now, the billionaire philanthropist said, with computational power doubling every three and a half months. Along with improvements in handling data, Gates said it’s enabling “the ability to synthesize, analyze, see patterns, gain insights and make predictions across many, many more dimensions than a human can comprehend.”

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