Are You Ready for a World Run by Computers in 2040?

Why SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is hedging his bets on the future of artificial intelligence.

Billionaire Masayoshi Son, chairman of SoftBank and the man behind the $100 billion Vision Fund investment, invested some $20 billion into enterprising companies like Uber and WeWork, and a cool $100 million at minimum put aside for startups. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

According to a story in Fast Company, Son may also be the most powerful man in Silicon Valley. They make this evaluation based on Son’s investment in the future of artificial intelligence, and the utopian world it may control in only two decades.

“Computers, Son believes, will run the planet more intelligently than humans can. Futurist Ray Kurzweil coined the term ‘the singularity’ to describe the moment when computers take over—and he predicts it will be here by 2040. The Vision Fund could move up this date. And Son is pouring unprecedented amounts of capital into the people and companies employing artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize every industry that affects our lives—from real estate to food to transportation.”

You can read more about Son, his investments and bold vision for the future here.

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