Back in 2015, the Fiscal Times wrote an article describing a fear Bill Gates had. “He may be one of the world’s pivotal computing pioneers, mentioned in the same exuberantly geeky breath as Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Tim Berners-Lee. His technological exploits may have earned him over $80 billion, making him the world’s richest man. Yet even Bill Gates is somewhat concerned about the potentially destructive power of technology.”
Point of order. Some claim Gates is no longer the richest. That moniker goes to a Spaniard Amancio Ortega, the owner of the Zara retail chain.
In the article, Gates describes his fear, like Elon Musk, of what they are calling superintelligences – “computers with cognitive and computational abilities that far surpass those of humanity.”
I think Gates worries too much. Maybe he should find a job or something – get his mind off worrying about how the world, or at least humanity, will end. Last month I wrote of the fear Gates had that we will be wiped out as a result of bioterrorist attacks.
For now, though, Gates isn’t so much worried that Terminators will rise up against us as much as machines, as they are have already started, taking our jobs.
Huh – look at me humanizing machines, describing them as they, as if “they” are taking our jobs, rather than merely being installed somewhere by a human. Interesting.
Gates does have a point. More and more positions currently held by people will be replaced by machines or software. Many service industry jobs will soon vanish as companies make the decision to install machines to do the work. Heck, when was the last time you actually spoke to a human stockbroker? That industry was transformed by machines long ago.