In 30 years, your shoes will have more intelligence than you

Posted: 27 February 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

The 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicked off today (Feb 27) with the subject of AI dominating this year’s theme.

The event, which is expected to attract a record-breaking 100,000 attendees from around the world, opened with an entertaining keynote from SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son who was discussing his vision for the next 30 years.

Son, addressing the 2,000 plus media and customers in the room said he expected the AI to exceed the abilities to that of a human brain within this period to achieve artificial “super intelligence” (ASI). Based on the firm’s calculations it anticipates AI IQ to reach around 10,000, compared to that of a “human genius” level of around 100.

“In the past 2,000 years, the hardware in our brains has not improved”, he noted whilst discussing the speed in which technology is moving forward and the exponential levels of data now being accessed. “In the next 30 years, AI will overtake human intelligence.

Son also made the claim that thanks to the speed in which the Internet of Things is growing, will see the number of embedded chips that are recording and transforming data into something useful will top “one trillion.” Even footwear he suggests will hold more intelligence than the people wearing them.

He added the population of “smart robots”, defined by Son as things that move, will overtake the population of humans in the same time frame.

“All these will be smart and super intelligent,” said Son, who’s firm acquired Cambridge-based (UK) IoT company ARM last year. “Shoes will be smarter than our brains and we stand on them!”

Son also lauded Softbank’s investment in the field of AI and IoT claiming the firm has already committed more than $100 billion dollars into the field as part of its Investment Fund. This, he proudly noted, I higher than any amount spent by comparable companies combined.

“Why do I spend this money? Because I have a vision for the next 30 years. Super intelligence is going to become a reality.”

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