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SoftBank's Son funds young geniuses to avert AI domination

As Vision Fund bets on tech, he's gambling his own money on humanity

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, who once aspired to be a schoolteacher, is now throwing his support behind young "representatives of humans." (Nikkei montage/Reuters)

TOKYO -- Masayoshi Son seemed to be joking, but it was difficult to be sure. "Our fund will invest at least 10 billion yen, or an average of 100 billion yen," the SoftBank Group founder and CEO said at a networking event for young entrepreneurs and gifted students, held in Tokyo the day after Christmas.

"We have money," he cracked.

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