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SoftBank's Son says intelligent cars now safer than elderly drivers

Tech investor urges Japan to invest in AI or risk 'losing the future'

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son speaks at the Moonshot International Symposium on Dec. 17 in Tokyo, where he warned that "Japan has lost the past, and may be losing the future" in AI. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son on Tuesday urged Japan to tackle its aging society using artificial intelligence, lest the country fall further behind the U.S. and China in advanced computing.

"The U.S. and China are fighting the AI war," Son said at the Moonshot International Symposium, a forum organized by the Japanese government that aims to set futuristic research agendas. Displaying a slide that showed how China surpassed the U.S. in AI patent applications in 2017, Son said, "This is a big issue."

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