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Pepper, SoftBank's humanoid robot, is one small part of Son's vision.   © AP

Maybe Masayoshi Son's successor will be AI

With $93bn to invest, SoftBank founder's timing must be impeccable

ALEXANDER MARTIN, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- "The gold rush is about to begin."

Taking the podium at SoftBank Group's annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, founder and chief executive Masayoshi Son was in full tech-mogul mode. "Some say SoftBank is a mobile phone company, but that's wrong," he said. "We are an information revolution company. A cellphone is just a device. From now on, we will be in an age where all infrastructure will be connected by information networks."

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