The world has seen an acceleration in geopolitical division and discord. Human history has never been free of strife, but the lessons of repeated wars have led us to pursue a society free of conflicts and to stabilize order. However, those rules and disciplines that have been established through human wisdom have gradually broken down, lost its efficacy, and now, the new era of globalization is causing insecurity and unpredictability to our world.
At the same time, the development of new digital technologies, including data science and artificial intelligence, are impacting us humans both physically and mentally. While they are removing existing environmental and physical constraints and enabling people to play a wider range of roles, these technologies have the potential to fortify surveillance by authorities, and reinforce human biases. As the boundaries between machines and humans are becoming increasingly blurred, the fundamental question of “what does it mean to be human being?” must be revisited.
In order to overcome these challenges, academic institutions now must play a role as a unifying force gathering intelligence and insights from the public, private sectors, and government administrations. Our mission is to encourage conversations between various areas of study and make sure they speak out. This year’s Tokyo Forum will bring together the expertise of both technological sciences and social sciences, to explore how humanity can respond to the global problems we face today amid social divisions and digital transformation.
13:30 - 14:00
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14:30 - 15:00
15:15 - 16:15
Professor and Deputy-Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
16:30 - 18:00
Chairman, Korea-Japan Economic Association /
Chairman, Samyang Group
Chairman, The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry /
Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation
Senior Advisor, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Founder & CEO, Women' s Startup Lab
Managing Partner, Saehan Ventures
Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation (TMI), Graduate School of Engineering Deputy Director General, Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR) The University of Tokyo
10:30 - 11:30
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Associate Professor, Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure Paris
Robotics Scientist, Professor (Distinguished Professor), Graduate School of Engineering Science, Department of Systems Innovation, Osaka University
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST
13:00 - 13:05
13:05 - 14:05
14:15 - 15:15
15:30 - 16:30
Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, Center for Global Commons, The University of Tokyo
Professor, Institute of Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University
Professor, School of Computing, KAIST
Chief Investigator, IBS
Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK
16:45 - 17:45