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Bill Gates complained to tech companies about ‘laughable’ COVID-19 conspiracy theories
Myles Wearring and Sarah Ferguson
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says he complained to technology companies about COVID-19 conspiracy theories about him being spread online.
- Bill Gates says the mainstream media made the spread of conspiracy theories about him worse
- He says there will be “plenty of time to adapt” to developments in artificial intelligence
- Mr Gates says he “shouldn’t have had dinners” with Jeffrey Epstein
Conspiracy theories circulated on social media by anti-vaccination campaigners included that Mr Gates was using COVID-19 vaccines to control people, some even claiming he wanted to insert microchips in people.
“Maybe I should complain even more, but I certainly point out false stories when they’re published, or even people who highlight sort of almost silly misinformation,” Mr Gates told 7.30.
“There’s a constant dialogue of anybody who gets, you know, this crazy stuff published, going to the digital platforms and saying, ‘Hey, look at this, look at that.'”
Early in the pandemic, when governments worldwide were floundering, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped mobilise the global response, including donating $US751 million ($1.05 billion) to the World Health Organization, more than any country except Germany.
Sarah Ferguson meets Bill Gates.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)
The billionaire philanthropist said traditional news sources amplified the spread of conspiracy theories about his involvement in global vaccine campaigns.
“I think it’s more of the mainstream news media that would constantly bring it up, even though it’s laughable. That did more to spread the rumours,” he said.
Despite the spread of misinformation online, Mr Gates said he was optimistic about the future of social media.
“We have a generation coming that will hopefully be creative about social media and how we make it more of a force for good,” he said.
As for Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, Mr Gates said while Mr Musk had “done a lot of great work, you know, I’m not sure that’s the best use of his time”.
‘Plenty of time to adapt to AI’
Bill Gates says we have been able to mange the downsides of modern technology “to the benefit of mankind”.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)
In the past, Mr Gates has said he is both excited and concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in the company OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot that can generate natural-sounding text.
ChatGPT has been making headlines recently over concerns students could use it to cheat in exams.
Mr Gates told 7.30 “innovation is always going to surprise us”.
“AI is going to help us with teaching kids, it’s going to help us with access to healthcare workers, making health care more efficient,” he said.
While AI would “affect not just blue-collar jobs but also white-collar jobs”, he said: “There’ll be plenty of time to adapt, as this increased efficiency gives us more economic options.”
There would be unpredictable things that cropped up as we had new technologies, “things like misinformation”, he said.
“The downsides of a modern technology, we have been able to manage those to the benefit of mankind,” Mr Gates said.
“People are literate, people live three times as long as they did before. And this is the next wave of human innovation.”
World must reduce emissions ‘as fast as we can’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Bill Gates at Kirribilli House in Sydney.(Twitter: Anthony Albanese)
During his visit to Australia Mr Gates met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to discuss climate change, among other topics.
Mr Gates told 7.30 “Australia has a huge role to play” in combating climate change.
“[Australia] is very lucky in terms of it’ll have some of the cheapest renewable energy in the world,” he said.
“There’s a lot of minerals here in Australia, including lithium, cobalt [and] many others that will be in very high demand.
“Australia will be able to export green hydrogen and other clean products … it’s certainly a country where the opportunity in a green economy is greater than it has been in the past.”
As well as his philanthropy through the foundation, Mr Gates invests in breakthrough green technology. One of those investments is in next-generation nuclear power reactors called natrium reactors, which are aimed to make nuclear power safer and cheaper.
Asked if he thinks the Australian government should change its policy on nuclear energy, bringing it into line with the Coalition — opposition leader Peter Dutton has said nuclear power should be part of Australia’s energy mix — Mr Gates said: “Australia doesn’t need to get engaged on this.”
“Australia gets to watch over the next 10 to 15 years and see if this next generation, in terms of its cost, safety, waste disposal, meets these very high goals,” he said.
Earlier this month Mr Gates said the prospects of reaching agreed global warming targets were increasingly remote.
He told 7.30 that emissions needed to be reduced to zero “as fast as we can”.
“In the meantime, while we do those reductions, which is called climate mitigation, we also have to do climate adaptation,” he said.
“Sadly, the poor countries in the equatorial zones are the most affected. Most of the people there are farmers with small pieces of land who won’t be able to have the crop output they have today.
“So we’ll have to adapt while we do our very, very best to bring emissions to zero as fast as we can.”
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