Bill Gates believes a 3-day week is possible. While the 4-day week is still being discussed in the world of work, the Microsoft founder is predicting a new world of work. One of the main reasons: Artificial intelligence.
While the 4-day week is currently being debated in many places, others are already thinking one step ahead. This includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who even believes a 3-day week is possible. The billionaire said this in an interview with US cabaret artist and presenter Trevor Noah on his podcast “WhatsNow?”.
3-day week: Bill Gates believes in a new world of work through AI
When asked whether and to what extent artificial intelligence threatens jobs, Gates said that a time could come when employees “no longer have to work so hard”. He added that one day there would probably be a society in which it would be okay to only work three days a week.
Machines would then produce food and other products so that people would no longer have to work five days a week, according to Gates. The billionaire once said that artificial intelligence harbors risks if it is misused.
How is artificial intelligence changing the world of work?
However, AI technologies could also bring about positive changes. He does not believe that the impact on society will be as dramatic as that of industrialization. However, they are certainly comparable to the introduction of the computer.
Word processing programs have not abolished office work, for example, according to Gates in his blog Gatesnotes. But they have fundamentally changed it: “Employers and employees had to adapt, which they did.” According to the Microsoft founder, AI would not only transform activities in the office, but almost the entire world of work.
In the coming years, AI will primarily help people to do their work more efficiently. This applies to work in a factory as well as work in an office.