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SoftBank's Son says Japan is AI 'developing country'

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So, Mr. Son did not raise his hand either.

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Japan and A.I........this is the land of the fax and Walkman and not much as changed since they were introduced,TBH.

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Interesting, he said this after his recent travel in South Korea, where apparently he made some deals with some Korean Companies in developing AI.

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Japan is the second largest filer of patents in the US.  Why do people keep saying that Japanese have no creativity.

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Those robots that japan created are exceptional and get more and more 'human' as time goes by, hats off to Japan

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"Japan and A.I........this is the land of the fax and Walkman and not much as changed since they were introduced,TBH."

but Japan is home to most nobel prize winners and perhaps you and Mr. Son could explain following stats:

"Of the top 20 AI developers applying for patents, 12 are Japanese "

https://www.itpro.co.uk/machine-learning/32907/usa-china-and-japan-named-as-new-leaders-in-ai-development

LOL LOL

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@alwaysspeakingwisdom: Japan is home to most nobel prize winners 

No, Japan is 7th

US, UK and Germany - top 3

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but Japan is home to most nobel prize winners 

Just like ifd66 points out Japan is 7th but if you mean most Nobel prize winning Asian country then it is true. However, the last 2 Japanese Noble prize winner are in 2016 and 2018, they won the Noble prize for medicine. Japan is top notch in the field of medicine. No doubt about it. The six Nonle prize categories are Literature, Economy. Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace. AI is Computer engineering (I think) so how us wining Noble prizes relevant to the development of AI.

LOL, LOL, LOL!

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Big Son fan here. Love his investment in companies like Grab and ARM. Less sure about WeWork but what do I know.

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Ohhh really..........

We were unknown unless Son say it

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I wonder if he's taking a swipe at Public Education here, and saying that the only Intelligence being developed here is Artificial Intelligence ?

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Japan develops AI technology is perhaps what he meant to say? Japan does possess the technology, but is slow to implement it due to the permeation of previous generation infrastructure.

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BeerDeliveryGuyToday  09:50 am JST

Japan develops AI technology is perhaps what he meant to say? Japan does possess the technology, but is slow to implement it due to the permeation of previous generation infrastructure.

Mr Son is overestimating the hand that feeds him. He's a billionaire because of the 'backwards' Japanese market. When you're in that position and you start to criticize the very thing that made you who you are, you are taking a big risk. Son is pretending to care while doing nothing to improve the situation. Why not spearhead an initiative to get the government to overhaul general education, and specifically in the field of IT?

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The head of a company whose money comes from a price-gouging, restrictive domestic oligopoly. If japan's tech industry is moribund, it's due to manipulative, self-serving hypocrites like himself.

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I think what he is saying is that Japan is losing out to countries like US & china, or (thanks to bureaucracy) is slower to implement them when compared to US & china . He's not saying that Japan is doing nothing about AI...just that they are slower to move while others have already taken the stage. The amount of red tape & channels a young IT engineer has to go through to hawk an idea just kills off any initiative.

Japan seems more developed in physical tech ( like engineering) rather than software ( like cryptocurrency & AI). Why do you think...for such a high tech country...they are repeated having their cryptocurrency hacked?

With a declining population, faster investment in AI can help Japan overcome shortages.

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From wiki:

In 2011 Son pledged to donate 10 billion yen ($120 million) and his remaining salary until retirement to support victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

So let's cut the man some slack. He is actually doing something to help Japanese society.

I think his criticism & critical attitude stems from frustration with Japan's stale education system that doesn't foster the "gung-ho" spirit of entrepreneurship and the government red tape.

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