SoftBank CEO: Brace Yourselves, Artificial Super Intelligence Incoming?

Vikrant Shetty

June 25, 2024

1:24 pm

Hold onto your hats, sci-fi fans! Masayoshi Son, the CEO of SoftBank, has made a bold prediction: Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) could be a reality within the next decade. That’s right, machines surpassing human intelligence in a mere ten years!

Son isn’t talking about your average chatbot here. He suggests AI could be “one to 10 times smarter than humans” by 2030 and a mind-blowing “10,000 times smarter” by 2035. This throws a whole new light on the AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) debate. Forget robots replicating human thought processes, we’re hurtling towards machines that could rewrite the rules of the game entirely.

So, what does this mean for us mere mortals?

Son paints a picture of a future revolutionized by ASI. It could transform everything from healthcare and transportation to energy and entertainment. But with great power comes great responsibility (cue Spiderman meme). Here are some key questions to ponder:

  • The Ethics of Superintelligence: Who controls this powerful technology? How do we ensure it’s used for good? The ethical implications of ASI are vast and complex.
  • The Future of Work: Will ASI automate even more jobs? What kind of jobs will be left for humans? The potential impact on the workforce demands serious consideration.
  • A Brave New World or Technological Terror?: Will ASI become a benevolent partner or a runaway supervillain? Science fiction has explored both ends of the spectrum, and Son’s prediction forces us to confront these possibilities.

Is Son being overly optimistic (or pessimistic)?

Only time will tell. Many experts believe achieving true AGI, let alone ASI, is still a long way off. But Son’s prediction serves as a wake-up call. The rapid pace of AI development necessitates a global conversation about the ethical and societal implications of this powerful technology.

Vikrant Shetty

June 25, 2024

1:24 pm

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