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#SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son unveiled a $184 million initiative Friday to accelerate artificial intelligence research in Japan, enlisting #Alibaba ’s Jack Ma to expound on his goal of commercializing the technology.

Son’s company announced a partnership with the University of Tokyo that includes spending 20 billion yen ($184 million) over 10 years by mobile arm SoftBank Corp. to establish the Beyond AI Institute. He roped in the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. co-founder for an on-campus chat, during which the two billionaires discussed their vision for the future of technology.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-06/softbank-opens-beyond-ai-institute-in-tokyo-to-hasten-research

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