The CEO of SoftBank, a Japanese telecommunications and internet conglomerate, says that super-intelligent robots will not only outnumber humans in just a few decades, but will also be smarter.
Masayoshi Son also claims that more than a trillion objects, including ordinary, household items like shoes, will be connected to the internet in thirty years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“One of the chips in our shoes will be smarter than our brain. We will be less than our shoes, and we will be stepping on them,” he said.
Son is specifically referring to artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart robots, “the three main things” he says he’s interested in. (RELATED: There Are At Least 170 Million Internet-Connected Devices Susceptible To Hacking In The U.S.)
Everyday items, like refrigerators, vending machines, cars, toilets, toasters, trash cans and rectal thermometers, are now available with internet capabilities — a concept known as IoT– and are growing in number.
Son asserts that supersmart computers, which can be embedded into common household products, could soon have IQs of 10,000. In contrast, Son explains that the average human has an IQ of 100, and influential geniuses like Albert Einstein were estimated to have scores of around 200.
“If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025,” reads the introduction of a McKinsey Global Institute report titled, “Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things.” (RELATED: How Advanced Technology Can Save Us From Future Internet Shutdowns)
The economic forecasts and the relatively short time frame are precisely why Son is investing heavily into IoT technology. SoftBank has made at least three substantial business maneuvers in recent years, including starting a $100 billion technology-investment fund with a Saudi sovereign-wealth fund, purchasing a British software design company for $32 billion, and acquiring an asset management company for $3.3 billion, according to The WSJ. (RELATED: Lyft President: In 10 Years No One Will Own A Car In A City)
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