SoftBank’s Son has big AI ambitions

TOKYO — Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Group, which has accumulated 2 trillion yen ($19.1 billion) over the past months, is now honing its focus on artificial intelligence, CEO Masayoshi Son said at an annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday. “I think we are about to see the biggest paradigm shift in human history,” Son said. “The Singularity is coming. Artificial intelligence will overtake human beings not just in terms of knowledge, but in terms of intelligence. That will happen this century.” The Singularity, a concept popularized by American futurist Ray Kurzweil, refers to the inflection point where artificial intelligence becomes smarter than humans. Son said robots loaded with artificial intelligence will be connected through the internet, leading to the creation of superintelligence. “There will be a world without language barriers. We will…

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