We are entering an era of huge transformation.
A true digital industrial revolution driven by Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).
NEC has always been ahead of the curve. In its 1977 Computers and Communications (C&C) Declaration, NEC predicted the emergence of today’s information society and the fusion of computing and communications. In recent years, we have been actively driving the digital industrial revolution through in-house development of several world first IoT and AI technologies.
Rapid technological advancement is fueling social change, presenting us with both diverse possibilities and complex challenges. Given the speed of development, we need to urgently address some important questions: What will define human happiness in an era of technological singularity? What new industrial models will emerge? How can we ensure people to evolve in ways that complement the wellbeing of our planet? The advancement of AI has already generated discussions and debates about the relationship between scientific and technological progress and the potential of people.
As the new digitally enabled era approaches, NEC has committed to re-examine the fundamental relationship between people and technology, launching the “NEC Future Creation Forum” as a venue where prominent intellectual players can voice opinions on developing technologies and applications that enrich our society and our future.
NEC intends to nurture the NEC Future Creation Forum as a beacon for debate on the digital industrial revolution and singularity.
Working together with people worldwide to realize a society which affords all people an equal chance to test and stretch their talents, and to build a brighter world inspired by infinite human creativity and capability.
NEC Future Creation Forum is a venue in which intelligent minds and experts
from around the world gather to conceive and discuss about the
ideal future and how to solve the challenges for its realization 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 physicist specializing in string theory. He is also well-known for his pioneering work on future theory, and is respected internationally for his ability to passionately convey the latest in science in an easy-to-understand manner to the general public. He has 3 million fans following his work on Facebook.
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.
Co-founder and Representative Director Loftwork Inc.
After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce at Waseda University and receiving her Masters in Journalism from Boston University, she worked at Kao Corporation before co-founding Loftwork in 2000. She is currently involved in over 200 projects each year including web, business, communication, and spacial design initiatives. She also serves as the Japan Liaison to the Director of MIT Media Lab, as a member of the Good Design Awards’ Screening Committee, and as a member of the Manufacturing Industry Subcommittee of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry’s Industrial Structure Council Committee.
Chief Priest, Jigenji Temple
He is the second person in 1300 years to complete the "Omine Thousand-Day Circumambulation Practice" which involves walking 48 kilometers (16 hours) a day continuously for 1000 days, and going without drinking, eating, sleeping or lying down for the next 9 days. He overcame the harsh fate of having to commit 'hara-kiri' on the spot if he failed.
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.)
He is Editor-in-Chief of SYNODOS news site, and author of several books including “Web Enjo (Web On Fire)”, “Hinan Shien Techo (Disaster Support Handbook)” and “Mirai wo Tsukuru Kenri (The Right to Create the Future)”, as well as co-author of books such as “Ijime no Naoshikata (How to Solve Bullying)” and “Shin Hanzai Ron (New Crime Theories). He is also the host of TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) Radio’s “Ogiue Chiki Session-22” (weekdays from 10PM).
Chief Technology Officer,
Completing his Master's Degree at the Graduate School of Engineering, 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.