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SoftBank CEO Predicts Artificial Superintelligence Within a Decade SoftBank CEO Predicts Artificial Superintelligence Within a Decade
SoftBank’s annual meeting in Tokyo this June brought a visionary forecast from its founder and CEO, Masayoshi Son. Son boldly predicts... SoftBank CEO Predicts Artificial Superintelligence Within a Decade

SoftBank’s annual meeting in Tokyo this June brought a visionary forecast from its founder and CEO, Masayoshi Son. Son boldly predicts the emergence of artificial superintelligence within the next ten years, suggesting a future where AI could surpass human intellect by staggering margins.

At the gathering on June 21, Son described a timeline whereby 2030, AI might achieve intelligence levels “one to 10 times smarter than humans.” He stated that by 2035, we could see AI that is “10,000 times smarter” than any human. This prediction places AI not just as a tool or an aide, but as a transformative force capable of reshaping all aspects of life.

Distinguishing between artificial general intelligence and ASI, Son explained that while AGI could mirror a human “genius” and be up to 10 times more capable than an average person, ASI would operate on an entirely different scale. ASI’s capabilities could extend 10,000 times beyond what any human could potentially achieve.

Aligned with Son’s vision, Safe Superintelligence Inc. (SSI), led by Ilya Sutskever, a former chief scientist at OpenAI, along with Daniel Levy and Daniel Gross, aims to balance the rapid advancement of AI capabilities with rigorous safety measures.

According to SSI’s mission statement, they plan to “approach safety and capabilities in tandem, as technical problems to be solved through revolutionary engineering and scientific breakthroughs.

The emphasis on safety comes at a critical time as the tech industry sets its sights on the lofty goals of ASI. SSI is particularly vocal about ensuring safety precedes capability enhancements, a stance that underpins their developmental philosophy.

However, the scientific consensus on AGI and ASI remains divided. Currently, the AI sector and its range, while advanced in certain domains, are still leagues away from achieving comprehensive human-level reasoning across diverse areas.

Son’s remarks also took a personal turn as he reflected on his motivations and the existential purpose of his endeavors. “For what purpose was Masayoshi Son born? It may sound strange, but I think I was born to realize ASI. I am super serious about it,”  the SoftBank CEO stated during his speech.

This intersection of personal vision and technological ambition sets the stage for a profound dialogue on the future of AI. While the idea of ASI holds immense promise, it also raises significant concerns over job displacement, ethical dilemmas, and the overarching risks of cultivating an intelligence that vastly exceeds human capacity.

ODSC Team

ODSC Team

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