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TOKYO FORUM 2021 Shaping the Future

Science has shown a remarkable development in recent years and has made our lives increasingly convenient and efficient, for example through the expansion of the internet or remote medical treatment using AI.
However, it is ironic that in some ways we feel more anxious as a result of scientific development. The digital divide has widened. More people and information cross national boundaries causing anxiety in local communities. People’s confidence in science was seriously undermined by the nuclear accident in Fukushima and many people now even deny the words of experts on climate change or COVID-19. Can human beings control AI, or are we going to be controlled by it?
Anxiety fuels exclusive nationalism in people’s minds. Competition between major powers intensifies, forcing countries in between to make difficult choices. Science has once again become a tool for international contention rather than a common good shared by the human race.
How can we develop science and at the same time explain and cope with the new apprehension it causes in our minds? How can we promote science rather as a means for encouraging and uniting people on a global scale? Let us investigate this multifaceted question from interdisciplinary perspectives.


Thursday 2, December
Opening for First Day

President, The University of Tokyo

Dean, Yale College
Richard M. Colgate Professor
Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science
Yale University

University Professor and Professor Emeritus
The University of Tokyo

Science and Humanities

Executive Vice President and Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Member, Japan Academy
President, International Professional University of Technology in Tokyo and Osaka

Head of the Department of Science Technology Studies
Head of the Research Platform Research and Innovation in Academic Practice
University of Vienna

Global Commons Stewardship Based on Science and Empathy

Executive Vice President
Director, Center for Global Commons
The University of Tokyo

President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor, Earth System Science, University of Potsdam

Founder and Senior Partner, SystemIQ

President & CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the ECA, Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA

Business leader, Campaigner and Co-author of “Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving more than They Take”

Friday 3, December
Opening for Second Day
Trust Building for Collective Actions

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Professor of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Director, Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources
International Seabed Authority

Toward Building Trustworthy AI and Society with Mutual Respect

Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo

CEO, Partnership on AI

School of Computing
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Former Director, IIT Hyderabad
Chancellor, Anurag University, Hyderabad
Chancellor, ICFAI University Dehradun
Honorary Distinguished Professor, Plaksha University

Director, Institute of Science and Ethics
University of Bonn

The Resilient Brain: Mental Health in Balance with Society and Planet

Special Advisor to the Director, IRCN
Professor Emeritus
The University of Tokyo
Vice-President, The Japanese Association of Medical Sciences
Vice-President, The Japanese Medical Science Federation

Director, IRCN (UTIAS)
Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Professor, Neurology (Boston Children’s Hospital)
Harvard University

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Principal Investigator, IRCN

Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Founder and Director, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Geneva

Technology and Human Nature

Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo

Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo

Executive Director, Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre

Writer and Futurologist
President, The Positive Planet Foundation

Anxiety Among International Relations Caused by the Progress of Science and Technology

Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST), Observer Research Foundation

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications, Secure World Foundation

Senior Researcher, Project Ploughshares

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Chief of Science, Data and Systems Change, Bezos Earth Fund

Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Student, Mathematics Department, Pomona College

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

President, The University of Tokyo

President, Chey Institute for Advanced Studies
Former Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Former President, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies