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Jack Ma: AI could enable a 12-hour work week

Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China, Thursday.
Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma (L) and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China, Thursday. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma told the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai Thursday that artificial intelligence should enable people to work 4 hours a day, 3 days a week, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: It's a remarkable demonstration of Ma's faith in AI, given he's endorsed the Chinese tech sector's standard "996" schedule, which consists of a 72-hour workweek: 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week.

The big picture: Ma appeared onstage at the event with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, with whom he had a disagreement on whether humans can be outsmarted by computers.

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