Here is an overview of all the programs at this year’s Tokyo Forum. See you in about two weeks at the Yasuda Auditorium.
DAY 1 Thu. Nov. 30 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
Alison GOPNIK *online
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Visiting Professor, UTokyo Institute for Future Initiatives and Special Advisor to the President, Chiba University
Plenary Talk Session
DAY 1 Thu. Nov. 30 | 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Professor and Deputy-Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Business Leaders' Session
Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset Together
DAY 1 Thu. Nov. 30 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Right now, the world needs cooperation across national borders, and to take a bold step towards a sustainable future. In this session, business leaders, social entrepreneurs, investors, and university researchers from South Korea and Japan gather to start dialogue between businesses and academic institutions on how to shape tomorrow. While exchanging candid opinions on what path the future of the East Asia region should take, academic institutions and the economic world will work together to think of a message for the next generation.
President, The University of Tokyo
CHEY Tae-Won（Special Remarks）
Chairman, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Chairman, SK Group
KOBAYASHI Ken（Special Remarks）
Chairman, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation
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
Senior Advisor, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Managing Partner, Saehan Ventures
Founder & CEO, Women's Startup Lab
Chairman, Korea Japan Economic Association | Chairman, Samyan Group
Panel Discussion 1
Why Are Robots Questioning Humanity?
DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 10:30am - 11:30am
Robots were designed to perform repetitive tasks for humans, but modern robots possess a level of intelligence and autonomy that blurs the lines between human and machine. Why do robots now challenge our definition of humanity? Speakers from robotics, philosophy and the performing arts will discuss.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Associate Professor, École Normale Supérieure Paris
Robotics Scientist, Professor (Distinguished Professor), Graduate School of Engineering Science, Department of Systems Innovation, Osaka University
YOO Chang Dong
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST
DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 1:05pm - 2:05pm
In line with this year’s theme, 10 students from universities in South Korea and the University of Tokyo will share fresh perspectives and opinions on the issues of particular interest, such as the relationships between AI and humanities, low birth rates in South Korea and Japan, and environmental injustice.
University Presidents' Session
The Role of Universities in the Era of Digital Transformation
DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 2:15pm - 3:15pm
How should we approach digital technologies, such as evolving AI? What can we do when disparity and division are on the rise? What is the future of universities as they face change? Leaders of prestigious academic institutions in South Korea and Japan exchange prospects on the role and ideal future of higher education in rapidly-changing modern-day society.
President, The University of Tokyo
RYU Hong Lim
President, Seoul National University
KIM Eun Mee
President, Ewha Womans University
President, Tsuda University
Tshilidzi MARWALA *online
Rector, United Nations University
Panel Discussion 2
Bridging the Social Divide: How to Safeguard the Global Commons and Rebuild Humanity
DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Our world suffers from increasing social divisions. Even multilateral cooperation lacks its effectiveness in maintaining the international order. Is there a way to bridge these divisions through digital platforms, rules, and business practices? Join us in this dialogue to safeguard the global commons and rebuild humanity.
Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, Center for Global Commons, The University of Tokyo
HU Mei-Chih *online
Professor, Institute of Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University
Associate Professor, School of Computing, KAIST | Chief Investigator, IBS
Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK