AI agents could change the way we live our lives

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From sending money to a friend virtually to ordering food delivered to your door, computers and mobile applications allow us to complete many tasks faster and easier than ever before.

However, despite its rapid growth over the past few years, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes today’s software is still “pretty stupid”, according to a November 9 post on his blog, GatesNotes,

The billionaire writes, “You can use Microsoft Word and Google Docs to draft a business proposal, but they can’t help you send emails, share selfies, analyze data, schedule a party, or buy movie tickets.” Can do.”

Currently, we usually use apps to complete a single task like booking a flight or checking our bank account. However, Gates estimates that AI will make the use of various apps unnecessary within the next five years.

Gates envisions a future in which you would have an AI agent, which would be a type of software that would be able to process and respond to natural language and accomplish many different tasks. You simply ask your AI agent to do something and it will be able to do the work for you based on the information you share about your work, personal life, interests and preferences.

“Over the next few years, they will completely change the way we live our lives online and offline,” he says.

Gates uses travel planning as an example. Typically, this will include booking your hotels, flights, restaurants and other activities yourself. But an AI agent will be able to book and buy those things on your behalf using its knowledge about your preferences.

“When asked, it will recommend things to do based on your interests and propensity for adventure, and it will book reservations at the types of restaurants you’ll enjoy,” he writes.

AI challenges lie ahead

However, there are some challenges we need to overcome before we can reach this AI-fueled future. Here are some of Gates’ expectations revealed:

  • A new type of database will be needed so that AI agents can store, retrieve, and build upon the information they learn about you without sacrificing your privacy.
  • Companies will need to figure out whether people will have an AI agent that interacts with other agents or whether someone will create an AI agent to complete specific tasks like tutoring or therapy.
  • AI agents will need to adopt a standardized way to talk to each other.

However, despite these pending questions, Gates estimates that AI agents are not far from becoming a reality and could change how we interact with computers and each other.

AI now vs future

Despite Gates’ predictions, you probably don’t need to worry about AI completely replacing humans any time soon.

While AI chatbots like ChatGPT are impressive, they are light years away from achieving human-level intelligence, said investor Humayun Shaikh, founder of Google-owned AI startup DeepMind. told CNBC in May.

This is because we do not currently have the technology needed to create “artificial general intelligence,” or AGI, which refers to an AI that would be able to complete most tasks equal to or better than a human, According to IBM,

“AGI doesn’t exist yet – how to create it, and whether it can even be created, is being hotly debated in the computing industry,” Gates wrote in an article. march blog post,

For now, we have what is called “narrow AI.” This is when an AI is trained to do specific tasks very well, such as recommending movies or books you might like based on what you’ve seen or read in the past, according to IBM. .

But as technology continues to advance, the algorithms that power how AI systems learn will also continue to improve, Gates wrote in March.

“We need to keep in mind that we are just at the beginning of what AI can achieve,” he said. “Whatever limits it has today will be gone before we know it.”

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