Top AI agent will replace search, shopping sites: Bill Gates

Companies have worked on developing AI-based computer assistants that consumers can command via speech or text to perform on their behalf

Published : 22 May 2023, 06:40 PM
Updated : 22 May 2023, 06:40 PM

Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp's co-founder, on Monday, said the technology race to win is the development of the top artificially intelligent agent, poised to disrupt search-engine, productivity and online shopping sites.

"You’ll never go to a search site again," he said. "You’ll never go to Amazon."

Speaking at AI Forward 2023, an event in San Francisco hosted by Goldman Sachs Group Inc and SV Angel, Gates said it would disappoint him if Microsoft were not in the running, though there was a 50% chance the top player to emerge will be a startup. Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gates said Inflection AI, co-founded by entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, impressed him.

Various industry players have worked on building a computer assistant, powered by AI, that consumers can command by speech or text to handle a range of tasks for them.

"Whoever wins the personal agent, that’s a big thing," Gates said.