Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates issued a grave warning Monday, comparing advanced artificial intelligence to nuclear weapons — and arguing that the United States is losing its edge in the global AI research race.
“The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and dangerous,” Gates said during an event at Stanford, according to CNET. He added that “I won’t say there are that many” examples of AI having improved society.
Peril and Promise
At the same time, Gates expressed hope that the tech could be used to improve health and medicine around the world. But he also warned that the United States’ grip on AI research is starting to slip compared to other countries.
“The US was in this totally unique position for most of these breakthrough technologies,” he said. “Now the US is still very much the leader, but not [in the] same dominant, dominant way.”