Published: 09:55, May 23, 2023 | Updated: 10:13, May 23, 2023
Bill Gates says top AI agent will replace search, shopping sites
By Reuters

Bill Gates reacts during a visit at the Imperial College University, in central London, Wednesday February 15, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

SAN FRANCISCO - 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."

You’ll never go to a search site again, You’ll never go to Amazon. Whoever wins the personal agent, that’s a big thing. 

Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp's co-founder

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 percent chance the top player to emerge will be a startup.

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

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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.

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