Reddit is on the obscure side of the concept of social media. Within this platform, social users can create and comment all types of threads belonging to categories such as funny, movies, pics, world news, televisions, shower thoughts, and many others. One type of such a thread that consecrated the website for good is Reddit AMA which is an acronym for “ask me anything.” Thus, one person with an interesting life experience can open such a dialogue with users where they get to ask him or her anything they want. Bill Gates was one of the authors of such a social event. He answered interesting questions without the pressure of mass media.
On February 27th, social users gathered on a Reddit AMA that had Bill Gates as their guest. The philanthropist answered many interesting questions. One of the inquiries regarded his views on the concept of universal basic income. This system aims at a global income distribution where everyone receives the same income no matter the professional activity. Those who believe in UBI want to eradicate equality gaps once and for all. Bill Gates claimed that there would be a point in the future where countries will be wealthy enough to adopt such an economic approach. However, until that point, governments should support senior populations better, and help children with special needs. It is also necessary the help of the community in improving the education system.
This special Reddit AMA got to see how Bill Gates stands regarding the threat artificial intelligence poses to humanity. This question does not have its roots in the Sci-Fi literature only, but it is also the result of numerous, recent studies. These papers disclosed the fact that bots are willing to do anything in their power to achieve their goals, no matter if success implies cooperation or aggression. His personal solution was that the creative team of the first robust AI would have to be capable of strong moral values as well as knowledge.
As for Bill Gates’ views on current state of the United States, he is optimistic about the long term, yet pessimistic about short term situation. First and foremost, national governments should collaborate with each other to solve global issues like poverty trap and climate change. As for the more laid back questions, the philanthropist confessed that cheeseburger is his favorite sandwich, he loves Silicon Valley for his crazy yet true portrayal of what is going in the largest hub of tech companies, and he spends his spare time playing tennis and bridge.
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