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We’ve been talking about AI a lot over the past few months. And that’s because, well, everyone’s been talking about it. With AI shaking things up, there always seems to be a new development totally shifting how we see the digital landscape.
Now, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is weighing in on where he sees AI going. He thinks this tech race will lead to the development of an AI product, kind of like an AI personal assistant, that will totally flip the search engine, productivity and online shopping sites ecosystem on its head. Gates introduced this idea at the AI Forward 2023 event in San Francisco this week.
“Whoever wins the personal agent, that’s the big thing because you will never go to a search site again; you will never go to a productivity site; you’ll never go to Amazon again,” he said.
Just as a reminder, Microsoft and AI firm OpenAI (which is behind ChatGPT and Dall-E) do have a partnership that was extended just this past January. So they definitely have a dog in this race. And Gates, of course, wants Microsoft to be a part of making this kind of disruptive technology.
One AI startup that he mentioned in his talk is Inflection, which is a “public benefit corporation” that develops AI technology that promotes the “well-being and happiness” of users, according to its website. Its main project is called “Pi,” which could’ve been what caught Gates’s eye. Pi is a chatbot that’s supposed to be “useful, friendly, and fun.” Essentially, Pi gives off more of a sense of sympathy than other chatbots, and it’s designed to be actually, like, chatted to.
According to Inflection CEO Mustafa Suleyman when speaking with Forbes, “It’s really a new class of AI – it’s distinct in the sense that a personal AI is one that really works for you as the individual.” Eventually, Pi should be able to help users organize their lives and become more productive, even teaching them new skills.
Bill Gates sees a lot of potential in Inflection for being a player in disrupting the internet landscape, and right now, it’s already trying to separate itself from other very new chatbot developers. So, we’re all watching to see how we move from this chatbot phase to an internet makeover.