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Bill Gates would drop out of college to work in AI

Posted: 30 January 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

Bill Gates joined fellow billionaire Warren Buffet at Facebook Live event, broadcast from Columbia University on Friday (27/01).

Buffet and Gates, both noted philanthropists, were asked what they would do if they lost everything and had to start their careers over.

Gates, who dropped out of Harvard in the 1970s to start Microsoft, answered that if he were to begin again he would dedicate himself to artificial intelligence, biotechnology or energy.

“The work in artificial intelligence today is at a really profound level,” said Gates, “It is going to be phenomenal, so anything connected with that I think would be an exciting lifetime career.”

Referencing the success of DeepMind who won a victory over the world’s leading Go player, Gates said he thought AI was the area that had the most potential in computer sciences today. He called DeepMind’s Go victory remarkable, stating that it signalled there is more to come in advancement in artificial intelligence.

Gates also stressed that the planet needs to find reliable, cheap and clean energy, so “the innovations there will be profound.”

As for biotechnology, Gates maintains that the coming generations will figure out the science underpinning obesity, cancer and depression.

“In terms of big impact, those three hard science problems would be the top for me,” Gates said.

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