Bill Gates: AI and gene therapy have the power to save lives

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AI and gene therapy could help cure AIDS and understand human biology, says Bill Gates.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates thinks that artificial intelligence and gene therapy are the two technologies with the greatest power to change lives. In a speech delivered on February 14 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gates said AI can "make sense of complex biological systems," while gene-based tools have the potential to cure AIDS.

The potential of AI is only realizing now, the billionaire philanthropist He said Friday, with a computing power that doubles every 3.5 months. Along with the improvements in data management, Gates said it allows "the ability to synthesize, analyze, view patterns, obtain information and make predictions in many, many more dimensions than a human being can understand."

Gates said the most exciting part of AI "is how it can help us make sense of complex biological systems and accelerate the discovery of therapies to improve health in the poorest countries."

Meanwhile, gene editing technologies will help with vaccines, diagnosis and therapy, he said. "[It has] the potential to improve health, not only for rare genetic disorders, but also for diseases that primarily affect people in poor countries."

Gates also addressed the deadly coronavirus, saying that these two technologies could help with diagnostic tests, treatment and vaccine development.

"Our foundation has committed up to $ 100 million to address this new coronavirus because we believe it represents a serious threat to global health," Gates said. "This money will support efforts to detect, isolate and treat confirmed cases, help countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia take steps to prepare for the epidemic and protect their most vulnerable citizens, and accelerate vaccine development, treatments and diagnoses ". "

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