Forum Report

“NEC Future Creation Forum”
Preliminary Meeting

A preliminary meeting before the 1st Forum was held on February 13, 2017 in San Francisco.
Members included (without honorifics / in random order) Michio Kaku, Kevin Kelly, Yutaka Matsuo and Katsumi Emura.
Active discussions were made from various perspectives, including "the progress of IoT and AI",
"human potentials" and "social happiness". Futher in-depth discussions based on these topics will take place at the forums
for the creation of a brighter future. The progress of the 1st Forum in Tokyo will be reported in mid-April.

Scene photo from preliminary meeting 1
Scene photo from preliminary meeting 2
Portrait of Dr. Michio Kaku

Digitalization of various industries is going to affect every aspect of our lives. Digitalizing the entire human brain is the next big project of science. And perhaps by late in this century, we will begin to have robots that interphase with humans, that can talk to us, that have the common sense of a human. I think intellectual capital will gradually become more and more the currency of the future.

Professor of Theoretical Physics, City College of New York

Dr. Michio Kaku

Portrait of Kevin Kelly

I think what we are going to do with AI, is invent different types of thinking. Being able to think differently while being connected to 9 billion people all the time – day and night. It seems really difficult, but it’s really going to be the real thing, and I think AI can help us think differently. What do we want to be? What would we like to optimize in humanity? These questions seem philosophical, but I actually think they are going to become practical questions that we need to answer – in the short term.

Founding Executive Editor of WIRED magazine

Kevin Kelly

Portrait of Yutaka Matsuo

I believe that the species has shifted their way of survival from evolving to learning. So we have taken the step of learning to change the environment that we live in. By using IT, maybe we can create a world where people will cooperate better, and wealth will be allocated according to the efforts made by each individual.

Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering,
The University of Tokyo

Yutaka Matsuo

Portrait of Katsumi Emura

We have to design a society where humans can coexist with AI or robots. How we operate society seems most important to me. Also, as our lifespan exceeds 100 years, we may have to change our lifestyles. How will super exponential advances influence the human life? By considering these things, we would like to create a vision of the ideal future for realizing a “brighter world”.

Chief Technology Officer, NEC Corporation

Katsumi Emura