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AI and gene therapy could help cure AIDS and understand human biology, Bill Gates says.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates thinks artificial intelligence and gene therapy are the two technologies with the greatest power to change lives. In a speech being delivered Feb. 14 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gates said AI can “make sense of complex biological systems,” while gene-based tools have the potential to cure AIDS.

The potential of AI is only just being realized now, the billionaire philanthropist said Friday, with computational power doubling every 3.5 months. Along with improvements in handling data, Gates said it’s enabling “the ability to synthesize, analyze, see patterns, gain insights and make predictions across many, many more dimensions than a human can comprehend.”

Gates said the most exciting part of AI “is how it can help us make sense of complex biological systems and accelerate the discovery of therapeutics to improve health in the poorest countries.”

Gene-editing technologies will meanwhile help with vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, he said. “[It] has the potential to improve health —

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