Published April 12, 2023
The informatics world is currently being rocked by a single technology item. Can you name it? Yes, it is ChatGPT – the new wave-making generative artificial intelligence (AI)-based chatbot that is being targeted by all, from technology aficionado and entrepreneur-turned-investor Reid Hoffman to technology mogul-turned-billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and healthcare technology pundits on the stage of SXSW in Austin, Texas. Everyone seems to be in awe of the tool and speculating about what it could do for humanity and its future potential. In a recent podcast interview, Bill Gates opined that the improvements in AI are the “most important” innovation at the moment. “This will change our world,” said Gates.
He certainly knows a thing or two about technology and how it can change our world. Long before Steve Jobs came up with the iPad, it was Gates who proclaimed that the future of computing is not going to be the laptop but would be a much smaller device like a tablet. He could not make the right product at the time. Jobs nailed it a decade later, but Gates is a visionary, nonetheless. This explains why Microsoft’s current CEO, Satya Nadella, dashed after OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT, to make a multibillion dollar investment in the company and later integrate its ChatGPT product into Microsoft’s beleaguered search engine Bing to beat Google in the search business. The Bing app even calls itself “Your AI copilot.”