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'Vertical' opportunities poised to spread to the remaining 99% of economy

Internet companies scramble to secure experts versed in specific industries

SoftBank Group CEO and Chairman Masayoshi Son continues to pour money into areas where he expects AI to play an increasingly larger role, including mobility, real estate and health care. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata) 

SILICON VALLEY -- The interview was running over, but SoftBank Group CEO and Chairman Masayoshi Son sounded happy.

He was discussing the future of technology at a company office in Silicon Valley when he asked a mountain of a man, apparently more than 2 meters tall, to come into the room.

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