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SoftBank creates ‘AI revolution’ fund without Saudi cash

SoftBank has apparently dropped Saudi Arabia as an investor for its new fund after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It has vowed to accelerate the "AI revolution" through investment in leading companies.

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