'It Is Wrong to Say That AI Cannot Be Smarter Than Humans': SoftBank CEO Makes Bold Prediction About Where AI Will Be in 10 Years SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son predicts artificial general intelligence will be 10 times smarter than the sum of all human intelligence.

By Sam Silverman

Key Takeaways

  • The CEO warned people could be left behind if they don't keep up with the AI revolution.
  • Those who do could be industry leaders in the next two decades, he says.

The CEO of SoftBank is making a bold prediction about the future of artificial intelligence.

Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of the Japanese conglomerate, said he sees artificial intelligence surpassing human intelligence within the next 10 years at the SoftBank World conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Son said he believes artificial general intelligence will grow 10 times smarter than the "total intelligence of humankind," according to the Associated Press.

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He also said "artificial super intelligence" could be identified in the next 20 years and could surpass human smarts by a factor of 10,000, per CNN

"It is wrong to say that AI cannot be smarter than humans as it is created by humans," he said, per CNN. "AI is now self-learning, self-training, and self-inferencing, just like human beings."

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Son added that AI will take over and affect all industries, including transportation, pharmaceuticals and finance, and those already embracing AI will be on top of the curve within the next 10 to 20 years, per AP.

The CEO said he wants to be on the "side of progress" and plans to invest in AI-related endeavors. "It would be sad to be on the side that gets left behind," he added.

Sam Silverman

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Sam Silverman is a content strategy editor at Entrepreneur Media. She specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), and her work can be found in The US Sun, Nicki Swift, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and Health. She writes for our news team with a focus on investigating scandals. Her coverage and expertise span from business news, entrepreneurship, technology, and true crime, to the latest in entertainment and TV news. Sam is a graduate of Lehigh University and currently resides in NYC. 

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