Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) research once used to be a topic of academic curiosity, but the recent surge of technological breakthroughs made AI a focus of mainstream companies as a fundamental tool to implement real-world business applications in every field. On Day 1, we will explore actual applications of cutting-edge AI technologies and uncover emerging opportunities and limitations in AI’s impact on business applications and the society.

Day 1 – Exploring Current Technology
9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome & Introduction
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo)
10:10 – 11:00 【Day 1-1】Keynote Lectures
 Session Chair: Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo)
 Speakers:        Hiroaki Kitano(Sony Computer Science Laboratories)
                       Oren Etzioni(Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence)
11:00 – 11:30 【Day 1-2】Cutting-edge Technology: Business Application 1

This session will explore application of AI technologies in business.

 Session Chair: Yukiko Horikawa (ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories)
 Speakers:        Hirofumi Aihara (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group)
                       Masaaki Matsuhashi (Seven Bank)

11:30 – 12:30 【Day 1-3】Cutting-edge Technology: Creative AI

In recent years, there has been an explosion of research and experiments on AI systems performing creative tasks – from systems that compose music, paint, design, and write stories. Will these AI systems lead to enhanced creativity and its democratization?

 Session Chair: Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo)
 Speakers:        Alex Champandard (
                       Luba Elliott (

                       Kenneth O. Stanley (Uber AI Labs/University of Central Florida)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break / Book Singing by Youichiro Miyake (12:30 – 13:00)
14:00 – 14:45 【Day 1-4】Keynote Lectures
 Session Chair: Ryota Kanai (Araya)
 Speakers:       Akira Sakakibara (Microsoft Japan)
                       Marek Rosa (GoodAI)
14:45 – 15:30 【Day 1-5】Cutting-edge Technology: Business Application 2

This session will explore application of AI technologies in business.

 Session Chair: Yukiko Horikawa (ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories)
 Speakers:       Masao Yamanaka (Toyota IT Center)
                       Masaya Mori (Rakuten)

                       Hirotaka Hara (Fujitsu)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 【Day 1-6】Investing in AI Technologies and Startups

 Global Brain’s AI Investment strategy and AI ecosystem in Japan
 Speaker: Naoki Kamimaeda (Global Brain)

 Panel Discussion: How we should value ethics as investors

In this panel discussion, we intend to discuss things like how we see AI startups, what kind of ethics we should value when we are assessing startups, and how society should react to AI technologies, from investor’s perspectives.

 Moderator: Naoki Kamimaeda (Global Brain)
 Panelists:   Yoav Tzruya (Jerusalem Venture Partners)
                  Phil Chen (Horizon Ventures)

                  Tak Lo (Zeroth)
                  Manish Kothari (SRI International)

17:00 – 18:00 【Day 1-7】Emerging Technologies for the Future

In this session, we will glimpse into emerging AI technologies such as embodied cognitive agents that assist people with cognitive tasks and autonomous AI agents in a digital game environment, as well as the role of consciousness or mind in developing future AI technologies. How will these technologies shape our future society? 

 Session Chair: Nicholas Guttenberg (Araya)
 Speakers:       Youichiro Miyake (SquareEnix)
                       Jeffrey Kephart (IBM)

                       Shun-ichi Amari (RIKEN Brain Science Institute/Araya)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Propelled by joint efforts by academia and industry, AI technology is making progress at an ever-faster rate. What are the next AI technologies that lead to fundamental changes in our life and society? Do AIs eventually gain awareness and start exhibiting spontaneous behavior? On Day 2, we will inquire into emerging new AI technologies and possible concerns and impacts we might face in the future.

Day 2 – A Look into the Future
9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:20 【Day 2-1】Keynote Lecture
 Session Chair: Ryota Kanai (Araya)
 Speakers:       Hod Lipson (Columbia University)
10:20 – 11:40 【Day 2-2】Artificial General Intelligence

This session will look into humanity’s path towards increasingly powerful artificial intelligence, contemplate on the expected paradigm shifts in our society, and shed light on steps that can lead us to a beneficial future with general AI. Challenges, such as overcoming the missing human element in AI and the integration of AI in all aspects of our society, provide opportunities at the same time that will be explored in this session from different perspectives, ranging from compassionate robots to issues of morality, all the way to re-evaluating our attitude towards the value of life itself.

 Session Chair: Olga Afanasjeva (GoodAI)
 Speakers:       Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
                       Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

                       Ben Goertzel (Hanson Robotics)
                       Marcus Hutter (Australian National University)

11:40 – 12:30 【Day 2-3】Panel Discussion: Next Breakthrough in AI

In recent years deep-learning systems have surpassed human abilities in the very functions that were thought to be least amenable to mechanization: Go, face recognition, navigation of complex environments such as driving. Now researchers are seeking to endow A.I. systems with other quintessentially human faculties, such as adaptability, intrinsic motivation, and self-modeling. What engineering needs are driving these efforts? What new problems and tradeoffs might these new capabilities entail? Do machines need a specific physical embodiment or even a form of consciousness? Do A.I. systems need to look more like H.I.—human intelligence—or are there other models for generalized intelligence?

 Moderator: George Musser (Scientific American)
 Panelists:   Ryota Kanai (Araya)
                  Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo)

                  Marek Rosa (GoodAI)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break / Book Singing by Hod Lipson (12:30 – 13:00)
Special Session: Social Impact of AI – future of AI and society, ethics
14:00 – 15:15 【Day 2-4】Near-term Issues and Impacts

What are the near-term social impacts of AI? What are the priorities for getting it right?

 Moderator: Denis Thérien (Element AI)
 Panelists:   Stephen Cave (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence)
                  Takehiro Ohya (Keio University)

                  Danit Gal (Peking University)

15:15 – 16:30 【Day 2-5】Safety and Benefits in the Long Term

Looking further ahead, how will AI change our lives? What should we be doing now to maximise benefits in the longer-term?

 Moderator: Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk)
 Panelists:   Viktoriya Krakovna (Google DeepMind/Future of Life Institute)
                  Hiroshi Nakagawa (University of Tokyo/RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project)

                  Francesca Rossi (IBM/University of Padova)

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:30 【Day 2-6】Cooperating for Beneficial AI

How can we build trust and cooperation among a diverse group of stakeholders for beneficial AI?

 Moderator: Huw Price (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence)
 Panelists:   Yuko Harayama (Cabinet Office of Japan)
                  Jaan Tallinn (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk/Future of Life Institute)
                  Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University)
                  Francesca Rossi (IBM/University of Padova)
                  Arisa Ema (University of Tokyo)

                  John Havens (IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative)