SoftBank Group Corp.’s CEO, Masayoshi Son said in a speech in Barcelona at the telecom industry’s biggest trade show, Mobile Word Congress, that “super smart robots will outnumber humans,” and that there will also be “a trillion objects connected to the internet within three decades.”
During the event, Mr. Son stated, “That is why I’m in a hurry to aggregate cash to invest.”
It is Son’s opinion on the future of robotics that has driven his company to open a $100 billion technology investment with a Saudi wealth fund.
The company recently purchased microprocessor designer ARM Holdings PLC for $32 billion dollars, as well as U.S. asset manager Fortress Investment Group PLC for 3.3 billion dollars.
While not a chip manufacturer, ARM Holdings designs the architecture for the chips in more than 95% of the world’s smartphones.
Mr. Son said he believed that within 30 years, more than one trillion ARM-designed ‘Internet of Things’ chips would be in use.
Son has called his mega project the SoftBank Vision Fund; the company will be focused on three things: “Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and smart robots.”
The term “internet of things” is a tech world term for “connecting everyday objects, from refrigerators to sneakers, to the web.”
During the Barcelona conference, Son said that while the average human has an IQ of about 100, with the smartest humans reaching an IQ of 200, super intelligent computers and robots will have IQs of 10,000, and this intelligence “can be put into robots big and small that can fly and swim.”
Son said these robots will outnumber the human population in 30 years and would number in the billions. He cited an example of how smart these everyday objects will become:
“One of the chips in our shoes will be smarter than our brain,” he said. “We will be less than our shoes, and we will be stepping on them.”
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