Softbank CEO at MWC: In 20 years, smart robots will outnumber humans

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank

Masayoshi Son, founder, chairman and chief executive of Softbank painted a picture of the future at MWC, predicting that smart machines will both outnumber and out-think consumers.

Speaking at MWC, he said there will be 10bn smart robots (including smart cars) by 2040, greatly surpassing mankind’s population.

The company's ARM chipsets, which are present in 99% of smartphones, he claimed, will redefine genius. A human genius clocks in at around an IQ of 200 IQ, (roughly Einstein level), the chips being shipped by the company will reportedly reach an IQ of 10,000.

“The chips in our shoes in the next 20 years will be smarter than our brains, we are less than our shoes and we are stepping of them.”

“They are so much smarter than us, so much more apable than us, what will be our job, our life? If we use articicial intellience in good spirit, we will all live longer, the singularity is coming.”

He revealed that while the smartphone sales are slowing, the company continues to ship chips, with around one trillion transported in 2016.

With Internet of Things technology fueling sectors like transport, healthcare, customer service and manufacturing, cyber attacks emerge as an exponentially increasing threat.

He cited the example that there an average of 500 ARM chips in current cars, none of which are secure from cyber attack.

He then showed a video, portraying a car getting its brakes and steering column hacked. “If I am a bad guy, this could be a very dangerous way to attack society.”

“The car in the past was not connected to the internet, now that is changing with the roll out of autonomous and connected cars.”

He revealed that the company will have to roll out secure, encrypted chips, to ensure the safety of future cars and other consumer goods. The technology could see cars communicate with parking centers, removing the need to purchase tickets, the opportunities continue to become apparent.

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