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Inaugural Symposium of the Institute for AI and Beyond held

February 22, 2021

The Institute for AI and Beyond, a world-class AI research institute established in July 2020 by the University of Tokyo, SoftBank Corp., SoftBank Group Corp. and Yahoo Japan Corporation, held its inaugural symposium online (organized by the Institute for AI and Beyond, the University of Tokyo) on February 20, 2021. At the symposium, panelists from Japan and abroad were invited to discuss the significance and value of AI in society by asking - Are we pursuing a "smarter" Artificial Intelligence? Exploring the significance of AI and its impact on society.- Also, 10 research leaders introduced their various research activities in "basic research," which aims to create a new academic field by integrating AI with basic technology research and other academic fields. About 3,000 people registered and nearly 1,700 people participated from Japan and abroad.
 
Following the congratulatory remarks by President Gonokami of the University of Tokyo and Chairman Son of SoftBank Corp., a panel discussion was held with Audrey Tang, Digital minister of Taiwan, Sputniko!, artist/designer, and other panelists, then in a special dialog Professor Teruo Fujii, executive vice president, who will be assuming the presidency of the University of Tokyo in this April and Mr. Junichi Miyagawa, who will become the president of Softbank Corporation in April, exchanged opinions actively on the exciting use of AI in the future society.


(Makoto Gonokami, president, the University of Tokyo)


(from the left: Audrey Tang, Digital minister of Taiwan; Kaori Hayashi, professor, Institute for AI and Beyond / Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, special advisor to the president; Sputniko! artist / designer / associate professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Design; Yoshiho Ikeuchi, associate professor, Institute for AI and Beyond / Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo)


(from the left: Kaori Hayashi, professor, Institute for AI and Beyond / Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, special advisor to the president; Teruo Fujii, executive vice president, director of the Institute for AI and Beyond; Junichi Miyakawa, representative director & CTO of SoftBank Corp.)

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