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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.

Alibaba's Jack Ma defends the Chinese tech sector's 72-hour workweek

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Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

"Billionaire Jack Ma again encouraged tech workers [in China] to embrace the industry’s extreme-overtime culture, defying a growing social media backlash," Bloomberg's Lulu Yilun Chen reports.

The big picture: "In a lengthy Sunday blog post, China’s richest man expanded on comments from last week, in which he dismissed people who expect a typical eight-hour office lifestyle." He once again endorsed the Chinese tech sector's standard "996" schedule, which consists of a 72-hour workweek: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.

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