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July 31, 2015 AT 7:48 am

“The robots who will outnumber us must be compassionate”, says SoftBank CEO @softbank

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The robots who will outnumber us must be compassionate, says SoftBank CEO.

The head of Japanese multinational telco SoftBank has called for the development of ‘compassionate’ robots as essential to the evolution of robotics in the next forty years – particularly considering his estimate that robot population is likely to exceed humans within 25 years.

Speaking at the SoftBank World conference in Tokyo, Masayoshi Son said “I’m sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friend…Someday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people,”

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