Bill Gates Thinks This Is the Deadliest Threat to Humankind

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks at a breakfast meeting with the theme "Dialogue: Technology & Innovation for a Sustainable Future" during the Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference 2015 in Qionghai city, south Chinas Hainan province, 29 March 2015. Robin Li, Chairman and CEO of Baidu, hosted a breakfast meeting with the theme of "Dialogue: Technology & Innovation for a Sustainable Future" during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Boao, south China's Hainan province, 29 March 2015. Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates and CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk attended the meeting. They discussed the significance of innovation for a sustainable future at the meeting. "Speaking of the risk of AI, I'm not saying it is beyond human imagination. For example, the arms, the release of energy is a very easy process, but it is difficult to control ... we should promote the safety of artificial intelligence, because it may be good, maybe bad and even bring disaster, so security is required and necessary," Musk said. Musk claims that he is not opposed to the development of AI. "I think we should be particularly careful; it may take more time to develop AI. Our direction is right, but we cannot rush, we'd better not enter into an unknown field," he added. Gates agreed with Musk. "Elon has invested in the development of AI, which is very good," he said. When answering a question about the future prospects of unmanned technology utilized in auto industry by Li, Musk said he believes that driverless cars need a big industrial base, which is required for the development of the automotive industry over a long period of time.

He says it could kill tens of millions

In the next 20 years, is it likely that nuclear war, gigantic earthquakes or asteroids could kill 20 million people? Bill Gates doesn’t think so.

But he did tell Vox that such numbers could be felled by a major outbreak of disease — something the 59-year-old billionaire believes has a “well over 50%” chance of happening in his lifetime.

“The Ebola epidemic showed me that we’re not ready for a serious epidemic, an epidemic that would be more infectious and would spread faster than Ebola did. This is the greatest risk of a huge tragedy,” Gates said, claiming that a serious epidemic could kill more than 10 million people a year.

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