The Trillionaire Robot Scientist
During a talk at SXSW festival in Texas, billionaire Mark Cuban spoke about every billionaire’s specialist subject: money.
“I am telling you, the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.”
The quote itself isn’t the best. It will never be found atop a toilet cistern, published alongside Lincoln and Gandhi in The World’s Greatest Quotes 2025. I mean, look at that sentence structure…read it out of context and he’s suggesting that somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives is going to give birth to the world’s first trillionaires.
Or maybe he’s actually speaking very candidly about everyone’s number one fear. Maybe he’s suggesting that somebody is going to master AI to such an extent that they will create a fully sentient being. A being who navigates its way through society with such aplomb that it ends up wooing its way to the top of Alphabet after callously manipulating Larry Page into resigning his post as CEO.
…Is it in this role that our AI mastermind becomes the world’s first trillionaire?
Despite clearly needing a bit more time with his English teacher, Mr Cuban went on to condemn the majority of the population’s education:
“Whatever you are studying right now if you are not getting up to speed on deep learning, neural networks, etc., you lose. We are going through the process here…software will automate software, automation will automate automation.”
That’s right, kids! If you continue to insist on expressing your unique, personal thoughts, composed in a way that is pleasant to the ear or makes others feel emotions when they read them, you’re on fast track to Loserville. The real winners are over here, working out how to get the machines to automate their thoughts before dispensing them on ticker-tape, directly from the urethra.