SoftBank CEO Predicts Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) to be Achieved within 10 Years

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SoftBank CEO Predicts Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) within 10 Years

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he believes artificial general intelligence (AGI), artificial intelligence that excels human intelligence in almost every field, will be realized within 10 years.

Rapid Progress in Generative AI

Speaking at the SoftBank World corporate conference, Son said he believes AGI will be ten times more intelligent than the sum total of all human intelligence. He noted the rapid progress in generative AI that he said has already exceeded human intelligence in certain areas.

AI is Self-Learning and Self-Training

“It is wrong to say that AI cannot be smarter than humans as it is created by humans,” he said. “AI is now self-learning, self-training, and self-inferencing, just like human beings.”

Singularity and Artificial Super Intelligence

Son has spoken of the potential of AGI – typically using the term “singularity” – to transform business and society for some years, but this is the first time he has given a timeline for its development.

He also introduced the idea of “Artificial Super Intelligence” at the conference which he claimed would be realized in 20 years and would surpass human intelligence by a factor of 10,000.

SoftBank’s Tech Investment Strategy

Son is known for several canny bets that have turned SoftBank into a tech investment giant as well as some bets that have spectacularly flopped.

He’s also prone to making strident claims about the transformative impact of new technologies. His predictions about the mobile internet have been largely borne out while those about the Internet of Things have not.

Call to Action for Japanese Companies

Son called upon Japanese companies to “wake up” to the promise of AI, arguing they had increasingly fallen behind in the internet age and reiterated his belief in chip designer Arm as core to the “AI revolution”.

Arm’s Energy Efficient Designs for AI

Arm CEO Rene Haas, speaking at the conference via video, touted the energy efficiency of Arm’s designs, saying they would become increasingly sought after to power artificial intelligence.

Conflicting Timelines

Son said he thinks he is the only person who believes AGI will come within a decade. Haas said he thought it would come in his lifetime.


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