“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 robots taking over the planet as humans cower in fear. This is the reason Son is giving the public and investors for sticking around a little longer.
“I think we are about to see the biggest paradigm shift in human history,” Son told the Nikkei.
“The Singularity is coming. Artificial intelligence will overtake human beings not just in terms of knowledge, but in terms of intelligence. That will happen this century … Looking into the next 30 years, our focus will no doubt be on AI, smart robots and the Internet of Things.”
But even if you happen to believe in the Singularity, Son’s robot apocalypse math doesn’t add up. Leading Singularity theorist Ray Kurzweil (who is actually pretty good at predicting technological developments) forecasts that the Singularity will happen by 2045.
So while that fits within Son’s “30 years” comment, it doesn’t address why he thinks another five years at the helm is necessary to address the coming “robopocalypse.”