SoftBank’s Son Lays Out Future of Smart Robots, Emotional Cars

ENLARGE SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son sharing a moment Thursday with Honda Motor Senior Managing Officer and Director Yoshiyuki Matsumoto. Photo: Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO/Zuma Press By Megumi Fujikawa Megumi Fujikawa The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @megumifujikawa megumi.fujikawa@wsj.com July 21, 2016 6:04 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS TOKYO—Fresh from a $32 billion acquisition, SoftBank Group Corp. 9984 -0.33 % ’s Masayoshi Son is already roaming in new directions, saying the company will focus on artificial intelligence and work with Honda Motor Co. HMC 0.42 % to build cars that understand love. Speaking at a company event Thursday, Mr. Son, SoftBank’s chief executive, laid out a future of artificial intelligence, smart robots and the “Internet of Things.” These would be in addition to SoftBank’s existing core business of selling mobile-phone service in Japan…


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