Microsoft co-founder and former CEO
has been vocal about how global health and development are important in the modern world. Gates was recently asked what question he would ask a
from the year 2100, and his response was not anything related to Microsoft. Instead, he said that he would ask about humanity.
Are humans thriving? Gates said he would ask. “In the end, it’s all measured through
,” he said in an episode of his podcast, “Unconfuse Me” recently.
At first, Gates said he would inquire about
“How are you generating energy? Is it fusion or fission or some unexpected thing?” he asked. Gates has touted both as promising clean energy sources. He even co-founded nuclear energy startup TerraPower in 2006.
“And then understand how the AI was either helping them come together … or how they dealt with that challenge,” he said.
Gates on AI technology
Gates has pinned his hopes on AI technology to help working-class people. While talking to comedian Trevor Noah, Gates talked about how this technology could provide people, who have been working 5-plus days a week, more leisure time.
Gates said there could one day be a time when humans “don’t have to work so hard.”
“If you eventually get a society where you only have to work three days a week, that’s probably OK,” Gates said, explaining that there could be a world where “machines can make all the food and the stuff.”
It was recently reported that a 1997 incident, in which Gates read about children dying in various parts of the world due to diseases which were curable in the US, pushed him to philanthropy post-retirement.
“I had a long period from about age 18 to 40 where I was very monomaniacal. Microsoft was everything. I was lucky enough that as other people took over Microsoft, I got to go and read and learn about all the health challenges, why children die,” said the Microsoft founder.