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SoftBank to Invest $9 Billion in Pivot to AI

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  • SoftBank intensifies its focus on AI and reduces its exposure to the US.
  • SoftBank’s CEO Masayoshi Son foresees that AI will be at or above human level ten times in a decade.

Japanese tech giant SoftBank has unveiled an investment worth nearly $9 billion in artificial intelligence. This approach by SoftBank deviates from its usual venture capital approach and places the company as a leader in the AI and semiconductor industries.

SoftBank Transforms From Venture Capital To AI Dominance

SoftBank, largely recognized for its Ambitious Vision Fund, has maintained a reputation for high-risk, high-reward investments and ventures. Its huge $18.5 billion investment in WeWork, which eventually filed for bankruptcy, represents the fund’s high-stakes approach. However, developments recently show a strategic realignment as the Fund shifts its focus towards AI and semiconductors.

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Yoshimitsu Goto, SoftBank’s Chief Financial Officer, supported this change, noting that interest in investment activities remains at an active level and will be boosted by a renewed focus on AI business. 

“We will, in principle, be keeping the same kind of trend in terms of the pace of investment activities. “From now on, we want to step up investments in AI companies.”

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SoftBank’s Prepares for an AI-Driven Future

SoftBank’s decision to increase the focus on AI corresponds to the plan provided by its CEO Masayoshi Son who, in several occasions, emphasized the role of AI in future advancements. One year prior, Son forecasted that artificial general intelligence would outcompete humans 10 times in a decade. This provocative assertion points to the extent of the tech giant seriousness and the magnitude of its investment in the future of AI.

The company’s strategic plan entails the need to keep a strong balance sheet to achieve prompt financial adaptability again in the future.

 “The reason we’ve been keeping our balance sheet at a very safe level is that we would like to be prepared,” he added, “and we would like to be flexible if there is anything that we would like to move on.” 

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The above statement shows how the executives have realized the importance of efficient financial management as they venture into the AI market.

SoftBank Strategically Positions Itself Through Tactical Investments

SoftBank’s switch to AI has already begun on the investment side. The Vision Fund has greatly scaled down its exposure to the US by a net of nearly $29 billion, which includes the disposal of its stakes in firms like Doordash. This resource allocation approach illustrates the tech giant plan to focus on the numerous sectors that can post high growth and innovation.

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A notable example is its latest shift in focus, where it invested more than $1 billion in the UK’s self-driving car company Wayve. The deal, described as the biggest investment in the AI space in Europe, points to SoftBank’s desire to trump others in AI revolutionary use cases. Therefore, by funding Wayve, SoftBank is positioning itself to attain ground in what is considered one of the most promising and future-minded industries, the development of self-driving vehicles.

SoftBank Envisions a Future Revolutionized by AI Technology

SoftBank’s $9 billion investment in AI is not just a change of direction; it is a call to arms to rule the world’s future. By refinancing its previously set objective of investing in usual VC projects to fund and develop prominent AI applications, SoftBank tries to become the main driver of the AI breakthrough.

Over time as the technologies advance to penetrate the several facets of life and business, SoftBank’s strategic investments will greatly deliver high returns thus propelling the company to remain at the technological frontier.

Masayoshi Son’s view of AI as a superior form of intelligence supports the value and necessity of such investments. SoftBank’s active positioning guarantees that it will be not just a consumer, but a player in AI future development that may revolutionize industries and advance human abilities literally.


Cryptopolitan reporting by Chris Murithi

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