Elon Musk versus Bill Gates: Despite being two of the people who have collaborated the most with technological innovation, Bill Gates and Elon Musk do not always agree.
In fact, on more than one occasion they have had disputes for different reasons.
This week, the South African tycoon again lashed out at the Microsoft co-founder. In this case, through a response on the social network Twitter, Musk indicated that Gates’ vision on artificial intelligence (AI) is “limited”.
Elon Musk versus Bill Gates: Musk attacked via tweet
On Monday, a Twitter user commented on Bill Gates, his involvement in OpenAI, and his overall pro-AI attitude. He commented that It’s important that someone like Gates is such a supporter of artificial intelligence, adding, It’s also remarkable that MSFT (Microsoft) has been following this so closely for so long.
This was answered by the same CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk. Contrary to the spirit of the original message, the South African said “I remember the first meetings with Gates. His understanding of AI was limited. It still is.”
Musk is, along with other Silicon Valley executives, one of the co-founders of OpenAI. He left the company’s board of directors in 2018 and has since been critical of it, especially its relationship with Microsoft.
In February, the billionaire said OpenAI, which was initially founded as an open-source, nonprofit company, has become “a closed-source maximum profit company effectively controlled by Microsoft.”
According to an article by Semafor, the South African is “furious” about the immense popularity that ChatGPT is having. The news outlet said the reason for his departure from the AI company is that Sam Altman and other OpenAI co-founders rejected Musk’s proposal to run the company on his own.
Elon Musk versus Bill Gates: Gates’ relationship with AI
The billionaire recounted his meetings with the OpenAI team since 2016 on his blog, “Gates Notes,” and was pleased with its steady progress. He was so enthusiastic about his job by the summer of 2022 that he gave them a challenge: train an artificial intelligence to pass an Advanced Placement biology exam.
He said the inventor of Windows requested that AI be able to answer questions it wasn’t specifically trained for. The billionaire chose AP Bio because the test requires critical thinking about biology and is not just limited to repeating scientific data.
Elon Musk versus Bill Gates: However, Gates did not always show his support for OpenAI. At the time, when Microsoft considered the possibility of partnering with the company, the billionaire expressed doubts about the technology it used, according to The Information.
Sources close to the matter indicated that Gates was actively involved in the analysis of OpenAI’s technology before the 2019 partnership and that he was wary of artificial intelligence’s ability to understand and contextualize human speech.
Elon Musk versus Bill Gates: A rivalry that has been going on for years
The rivalry between the two businessmen is long-standing. The first public signs began to be seen for the first time in 2020, when both disagreed about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its management.
That same year, Musk stated that his “conversations with Gates have been disappointing” after Gates announced his intention to purchase a Porsche Taycan rather than a Tesla.
Elon Musk versus Bill Gates: Musk has also accused Gates of short-selling the car company’s shares and has even gone so far as to mock Gates’ weight.
The co-founder of OpenAI singled out the entrepreneur for his “optimism” about this technology; He signed a letter along with thousands of experts to stop the progress of this tool for six months.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) advances very quickly and its technology generates both surprise and concern. Given the uncertainty of how this tool can impact humanity, a petition was recently signed to stop its advance for six months.
Among the prominent personalities who signed the letter were Elon Musk, who also took aim at Bill Gates: His understanding is limited.