Softbank CEO says he must stay on to prepare for the robot revolt

Softbank’s Masayoshi Son with the Pepper robot. Image: Yomiuri Shimbun,  AP By Adario Strange2016-06-22 14:38:15 -0400 Yesterday, the Japanese business world was rocked when it was announced that would-be successor to Masayoshi Son, Nikesh Arora, would not be taking over the top spot at Softbank and is instead leaving the company.  Arora’s tweetstorm about the matter aside, there were many questions about the sudden shift for one of Japan’s largest, most high-profile tech companies. On Wednesday, Son removed some of the mystery by blaming the change on the unlikeliest reason imaginable: the Singularity. “I still have unfinished business regarding the Singularity,” Son told the Nikkei. “I want to continue for at least another five years.” That’s right, “the” Singularity — the one involving intelligent, self-aware computer systems and maybe even…


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