TOKYO, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) General Manager Masayoshi Son said on Wednesday that so-called smart robots can revitalize the economy and Japan's competitiveness, by doubling down on robotics just as the company's much-publicized "Pepper " robot prepares to bow out.
Sound, at SoftBank World 2021 online conference, the company 's Vision Fund is involved with 18 companies developing improved machines with artificial intelligence (AI), far beyond the dancing and greeting abilities of the migNun Pepper.
"We had a great first event with Pepper several years ago, now he's hanging his head ", Son said, standing in front of a projection of a slumped and extinguished Pepper.
The founder of SoftBank now sees a future with "intelligent robots that will not only replace the manufacturing and industrial workforce, but the entire workforce.
Son filled his opening speech with videos of running and jumping humanoid robots, as well as running machines. canister form cleaning floors.
However, he gave no details on new investments or market prices for any of the devices, nor did he discuss SoftBank's investments pause enChina, where regulators have dramatically increased oversight of tech companies.
In June, SoftBank sold 80% of Boston Dynamics, maker of the "Spot " "resembling a dog, to the South Korean group Hyundai Motor for $ 1.1 billion. A month later, Hfrance.fr a reported Sales of Pepper, unveiled with great fanfare by Son in 2014, will end in 2023.
Son on Wednesday said SoftBank remained a collaborative partner with Boston Dynamics, and that from Pepper would come a generation of more functional intelligent robots - or what he called "smabo ", a contraction of "smart " and "robot " in Japanese .
Such machines will have the potential to revolutionize the workforce, because a smart robot can do 10 times the daily output.Not a human being, Son says. In Japan, that means 100 million robots could do the jobs of a billion people, he added.
" humans can be freed from boring jobs, "he said. "(They) can work on something that has more added value. Report by Rocky Swift in Tokyo; Editing by Christopher Cushing
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