TOKYO -- By day, Soto Yamauchi studies at Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School. Also by day, the 16-year-old is the CEO of a bitcoin company. He aspires to build a business empire that "surpasses" that of Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder of SoftBank Group.
Son has big dreams for Yamauchi as well. The high-schooler is among 96 young people Son sees as having the potential to be mankind's leaders after "the singularity," a point in the future when technology accelerates at an exponential rate, and machine intelligence will be far more powerful than human intelligence.