Jack Ma in a keynote speech at Alibaba Cloud’s Computing Conference in Hangzhou, insisted that man should have confidence in themselves – technology will never replace human beings,  

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There’s one simple reason for that, the Alibaba founder said “we possess wisdom.”

“People are getting more worried about the future, about technology replacing humans, eliminating jobs and widening the gap between the rich and the poor,” said Ma. “But I think these are empty worries.

Ma explained that humans are the only things on Earth that are wise. “People will always surpass machines because people possess wisdom,” he said.

Referencing AlphaGo, the Google artificial intelligence program that beat the world’s top Go player at his own game, Ma said that there was no reason humanity should be saddened by the defeat.

…people will end up working for just three to four hours a day, for three days a week.

“AlphaGo? So what? AlphaGo should compete against AlphaGo 2.0, not us. There’s no need to be upset that we lost. It shows that we’re smart, because we created it.”

At some point in the next 30 years, people will end up working for just three to four hours a day, for three days a week.

But don’t think that means life will be more relaxed. “When that happens, you’ll be even busier than you are today,” Ma insisted.

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Citing an example, Ma said – My grandfather worked 16 hours a day on a farm and felt that he was very busy. He had only one day off a week. I have two days off a week, I work for eight hours a day, and I feel even busier than my grandfather.”

“Kids nowadays don’t want to be informed, they want to be involved. Let’s leave the opportunities of tomorrow to the kids. They’ll be able to solve the problems we can’t solve. Believe in them, believe in young people.”


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