We are entering an era of huge transformation which can be designated as the Digital Industrial Revolution.
And at its center are the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
NEC, which proclaimed the "C&C (Computers & Communications) Declaration" in 1977 - predicting ahead of the rest of the world today's information society in which computing will integrate with communications - has been playing a key role in driving the Digital Industrial Revolution with various IoT and AI technologies which are accredited as No.1 and Only 1 in the world.
Today, changes in society enabled by technological advancements present us with an array of possibilities as well as issues which are complex and diverse.
So, beyond the soon-to-arrive era of Singularity, what will the definition of happiness for human beings be like?
What kinds of new industries will come? And how will humankind successfully evolve with the Earth?
As evident from the discussions and debates on AI, scientific and technological advancements will pose us with further questions on the abilities and potentials of human beings.
With the coming of this new era, NEC will re-examine the relationship between technology and human beings from its roots and commence "NEC Future Creation Forum" - a series of discussions with the intellectuals and experts from the world in order to develop and conceive the possibilities of the new technologies which can contribute to a brighter future.
For "NEC Future Creation Forum" to become the signpost of the Digital Industrial Revolution and era of Singularity,
we, together with people from the world over,
will help realize a society where everyone can equally demonstrate their abilities,
and a brighter world which will further expand human abilities.
NEC Future Creation Forum is an activity in which intelligent minds and experts from Japan and around the world gather to conceive and discuss about the ideal future and how to solve the issues for the realization of it based on the development of future technologies towards Singularity.
The details of each conducted forum will be reported periodically.
Members(without honorifics / in random order)
Dr. Michio Kaku
Professor of Theoretical Physics, City College of New York
A world renowned third-generation Japanese-American physicists specializing in string theory. He is also well-known for his awareness activities on future theory, and is respected internationally for his ability to passionately convey the latest sciences in an easy-to-understand manner to the general public.
Founding executive editor of WIRED magazine
Kevin Kelly has been a participant of, and reporter on, the information technology revolution for more than 30 years. In addition to his current position as Senior Maverick of WIRED magazine, he also writes for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also currently editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets 1 million visitors per month.
Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Serving his current position since October 2010 after being a researcher at the the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and a visiting researcher at Stanford University. He is also the Chair of ELSI Committee at The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence after serving two years there as Editor-in-Chief. Fields of expertise include artificial intelligence, web mining and big data analysis.
Chief Priest, Jigenji Temple
He is only the second person in 1,300 years to complete the "Omine Thousand-Day Circumambulation Practice" which involves nine days of continually walking 48 kilometers for 16 hours each day without drinking, eating, sleeping or lying down, overcoming the harsh fate of having to commit 'hara-kiri' on the spot if he fails.
Professional Shogi Player
Born in Tokorozawa, Saitama prefecture in 1970, he started shogi (Japanese chess) at the age of six and after being promoted to 6-kyu in 1982 entered Tatsuya Futakami 9-dan (rank). He turned professional in 1985 at the age of 15, won his first Ryu-oh Championship in 1989, and all seven championships in 1996. He currently holds six lifetime titles including Meijin, Kisei, Oza, Oi, Kioh and Osho. (His name will be succeeded after retirement.)
Chief Technology Officer NEC Corporation
Completing his Master's program at the Graduate School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo, he joined NEC as a researcher at the Opto-Electronics Research Laboratories in 1982 and was a visiting researcher at Bellcore (USA) from 1987 to 1988. He is also a Doctor of Engineering. His roles outside the company include, Chairman of the Society 5.0 Implementation Subcommittee of the Committee on New Industry and Technology and Chairman of the International Standardization Strategy Subcommittee of the Committee on the Intellectual Property at the Japan Business Federation, along with others.