'Humans will not be replaced by technology!' Bill Gates, a wealthy philanthropist, believes it may allow for a three-day workweek. On his podcast 'What Now,' he discussed his thoughts with South African comedian and writer Trevor Noah.
When Noah inquired about the threat of artificial intelligence to jobs, the 68-year-old Microsoft co-founder expressed optimism that technology will free up labor for more constructive tasks.
Gates discussed technology, labor, and the meaning of life throughout the 45-minute conversation. 'I don't have to put forth as much effort. Life is more than just going to work. It's definitely OK if you finally achieve a society where you only have to work three days a week or whatever." He envisioned a society in which labor-intensive human labor is replaced by machines executing vital activities, drawing analogies with labor generational transitions.
The billionaire described how a father who worked many professions evolved from a grandpa who believed farming was the only meaningful job. He also stated that, contrary to common opinion, just 2% of Americans currently work as farmers. According to Gates, technology advancement can be good provided it occurs at a reasonable rate and the government assists those who are adjusting to the changes. He emphasized the importance of assisting people in learning new skills in order to achieve a smooth transition.
"Things become more productive with the help of software." If you free up human labor, you can eventually have smaller class sizes and better assist the elderly. "You know, even if you have the necessary skills, you still need labor to accomplish good things," he continued.
Bill Gates stated in March of this year that he believes artificial intelligence (AI) can transform education. He linked ChatGPT's development to his introduction to the graphical user interface in the 1980s, describing it as a groundbreaking technological demonstration.
He spent the following ten years researching the potential of artificial intelligence. He stated that these AI-powered technologies must be available to low-income countries and marginalized groups.