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Bill Gates Says Open Research Beats Erecting Borders in AI

  • Cooling U.S.-China ties have slowed cross-border collaboration
  • Open R&D approach is highly advantageous for tech development
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Bill Gates Touts Benefits of Open Research in AI

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates spoke out against protectionism in technological research around topics like artificial intelligence, arguing that open systems will inevitably win out over closed ones.

In conversation with Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait at the New Economy Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Gates was skeptical about the idea that ongoing U.S.-China trade tensions could ever lead to a bifurcated system of two internets and two mutually exclusive strands of tech research and development. “It just doesn’t work that way,” said the software pioneer.