Governance of Emerging Technologies - Framing Benefits and Risks of Biotech and AI: Symposium in Tokyo 2020

January 21, 2020

Event Details

Event Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) February 1, 2020 14:00 — 16:40
Location Hongo Area Campus
Venue Yayoi Auditorium Annex Seihoku Gallery, UTokyo
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Register via this form.

Contact Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG)
Education Program
In a 2017 perception survey done by the World Economic Forum, “Biotechnology” and “Artificial Intelligence” ranked high in the question of emerging technologies perceived to bring both potential benefit and negative impact to society. Both also stood out in terms of the technologies that needed better governance. Both technologies seem to have common features – such as big roles played by the private sector – however, they also have different technology-specific characteristics. This symposium examines the governance issues of emerging technologies – biotechnology and AI – from various perspectives by inviting key figures in this field. It also considers the possible governance issues we might face when these two technologies interact and meet.

Moderator: Dr. Makiko Matsuo, GrasPP, UTokyo

14:00-14:05 Opening Remarks: Prof. Hideaki Shiroyama, GraSPP, UTokyo

14:05-14:55 Keynote 1: Prof. Jeroen van den Hoven, Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology
“Global Governance and ethics of AI” (tentative title)

14:55-15:45 Keynote 2: Prof. Phil Macnaghten, Technology and International Development, Wageningen University
“Developing a framework for responsible innovation” (tentative title)

15:45-16:25 Comments from invited speakers:
– Dr. Larisa Rudenko, Program on Emerging Technologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
– Dr. Lauren Holt, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), University of Cambridge
– Dr. Denis Stukal, Data Analytics, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney
– Prof. Heng Yee Kuang, GraSPP, UTokyo

16:25-16:40 Wrap up and Closing 
Moderator: Prof. Hideaki Shiroyama, GraSPP, UTokyo

(*Program contents may change without previous notification)
Language: English-Japanese Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Hosted by: Graduate School of Public Policy, UTokyo
Co-hosted by: Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Science, Technology and Innovation Governance (STIG), Institute for Future Initiatives, UTokyo

*This event will be supported by KAKEN-A “Global Governance of the New Information Technology and Biotechnology – information sharing and the role of private sector” and Challenging Research (Exploratory) “Life Science and Reconstruction of Naturalness: Societal Implications”.

Related Faculty Members

Access Map
Kashiwa Campus
Hongo Campus
Komaba Campus