Billionaire Jack Ma says 12-hour work weeks could be actualized

Shabghai Conference

Jack Ma, e-commerce industry mogul and the Founder of the multinational conglomerate Alibaba Group who has also been a long outspoken advocate of for China’s harsh working routines, pointed out that only ’12-hour work weeks’ could become a possibility, through the use and benefits of Artificial Intelligence.

People could work as less as 3 days a week, four hours a day, with the assistance of artificial intelligence, Jack Ma told the Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

He spoke on-stage with Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. who is building manufacturing facilities in the city.

Just this year, Ma endorsed the Chinese tech sector’s infamous 12-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week routine, so common it earned the nickname 996. In one blog post, China’s richest man this year dismissed people who expect a typical eight-hour office lifestyle, defying a growing popular backlash.

“I don’t worry about jobs,” Ma said on Thursday, making an optimistic case that AI will help humans rather than just eliminate their work. “Computers only have chips, men have the heart. It’s the heart where the wisdom comes from,” said Ma.