C.E.O. Who Trump Thanked for Creating Jobs Says Robots Will Take Over by 2050
by Maya Kosoff : vanityfair – excerpt
Late last year, Donald Trump met with Japanese billionaire and Softbank C.E.O. Masayoshi Son at Trump Tower to discuss what the president-elect misleadingly heralded as a new investment. “Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs,” he tweeted. “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!”
Trump’s victory lap was problematic on several levels. For one, the $50 billion that Son had agreed to invest came from a previously announced $100 billion investment fund, with much of the money already destined for the U.S. Worse, anyone who read beyond the headlines would have found that Son is hardly the poster boy for job creation. In fact, just the opposite: Softbank’s Vision Fund has previously extolled the virtues of automation and improved artificial intelligence with the ultimate goal of replacing human labor entirely. “Within 40 years, in every aspect of every industry—doctors, lawyers, designs, etc.—I’m expecting artificial intelligence will exceed the wisdom of human beings,” Son said at an investor’s meeting in June.
On Monday, Son reiterated his believe that humanity is approaching what futurists call the Singularity—a tipping point in history when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence. “I totally believe this concept,” the Japanese billionaire said while speaking onstage at the telecom industry’s annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “In [the] next 30 years this will become a reality.”… (more)
Shot this a few months ago next to Gus’s
Remember bike messengers? That was an entry level job that we don’t see any more. What replaced them? My friend claims she can’t keep a delivery service as they are always going out of business.
Watch this carefully folks. What are the coders producing? Norman Yee voiced his concerns about a “delivery robot” roaming the streets of the Mission district. He wants to be certain that the companies have permission to release them. I don’t know what he saw, but this is what I saw a few months ago. How safe are they on the sidewalk? Can they be stolen, packed with dangerous items?