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AI & Society Laboratory

Date of establishment: July 6, 2016
Director: Masaru Tomita (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)
Fumio Shimpo (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management)
Shohei Matsukawa (Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)
Masahiro Kotosaka (Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management)
Contact: AI & Society Laboratory Secretariat
Keio University SFC iota 311 sfc-ai[at]sfc.keio.ac.jp

Objectives

The evolution of highly versatile AI has been remarkable in recent years, and further development is expected in the future. In order to foresee the impact of rapid technological development on society and to conduct discussions on social systems, it is desirable to set evaluation axes from various cross-field perspectives.

However, there have been no trials in Japan that systematically studied the effects of AI & robot technology on society, and no sufficient preparations have been made to create new social systems anticipating technological development. This research aims to jointly develop future technology and an ideal society through discussions with various stakeholders such as researchers in fields related to creativity including art & architecture, etc., as well as in technological fields and in laws, ethics, economics and management related to social systems, and domestic companies spearheading the use and application of AI & robots. It is possible to construct basic theories that conduct institutional designs based on the coexistence of technology and people as a premise, by realizing research for promoting the coevolution of society and technology by research groups integrating arts and sciences, and implementing this research will show the direction for creating future rules and institutional designs. Additionally, this consortium will act as a global base and aim to make proposals and examine systems needed to create leading-edge rules and social foundations.

Outline of Research Activity Plan & Implementation Structure

(July 2016 - July 2019)

The groups listed below will promote organized research while cooperating with each other:

1. Research consolidation group

  • Compilation of issues identified by research groups
  • Collection of information in international/domestic academic conferences and meetings, etc.
  • Proposal of principles and standards for acquiring international initiatives

2. Information law group

  • Analysis, rearrangement, and examination of issues from the perspective of information law
  • Policy proposals in legal systems

3. Technology group

  • Generic-type AI development & practice
  • Research of emotions of people & animals = the brain process model of value systems and sociability
  • Research on risks in each specialized field in order to create value judgement standards & ethical guidelines
  • Research on emotional engines that AI should possess, and research on the implementation of value judgement systems that become reason
  • Examination of quality evaluation techniques during the real world implementation of AI value judgement systems

4. Business administration group

  • Analysis, rearrangement, and examination of issues in the field of business administration
  • Research regarding environmental changes in companies through the use of AI
  • Research pertaining to the circulation market of AI & robots

5. Creativity group

  • Analysis, rearrangement, and examination of issues in the fields of design & art
  • Research regarding the use of AI in the fields of design & art

6. Economic Department(/Group)

  • Analysis, classification and examination of issues from Economic aspects.
  • Theoretical and Empirical analysis of employment and economic growth by the impact of AI technology.
  • Economic Policy recommendations related to AI technology.

Memberships

Memberships
o Masaru Tomita Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Representative & supervisor
o Fumio Shimpo Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Joint representative, science-technology policies, policy proposals
o Shohei Matsukawa Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Joint representative, research on algorithm construction and expression techniques
o Masahiro Kotosaka Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Joint representative, research on the use & application of AI towards drafting management strategies
Hiroya Tanaka Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Application of AI technology, fabrication environment development
Kouichi Takahashi Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Overall supervision, AI technology development
Tomoaki Watanabe Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Research on science and technology policies, and openness in AI technologies
Tatsuya Kurosaka Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Research on information security privacy
Ryota Akasaka Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Research on laws concerning the use and application of AI
Tomohiro Inoue Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC
Research on macro-economics and the economic effects of AI technology
Takashi Omori Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC
Research on AI technology and value systems
Hiroshi Yamakawa Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC
Generic-type AI technology development & its democratization
Management members
Fumio Shimpo Progress management of overall research, discussions & adjustments across research fields
Kouichi Takahashi Adjustments between research groups, research progress management, discussions & adjustments across research fields
Tomohiro Inoue Adjustment with groups and collaborators

Cooperating organization, project
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
AI and Society Meeting
Cookpad Inc.
Dwango Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Tamagawa University Brain Science Institute
Whole Brain Architecture Initiative
The Information Network Law Association: Robot Law Research Group

The "AI and Society Laboratory" has been adopted to conduct the "Trans-disciplinary Research Project on Co-designing Social Systems (Law, Economics and Management) and AI/Robot Technologies" in the "Human Information Technology Ecosystem (HITE)". The HITE is a research and development (R&D) focus area (Call for proposal Type) delivered by the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). This R&D focus area aims at building a society that embraces a harmonious relationship between information technology and humanity, by promoting projects that assess information technology and propose a new social system that allow human and information technologies to co-evolve.
The Laboratory seeks to collaborate with experts in various fields such as AI & Robotics, Social Systems, Ethics, Economics, Management, and leading companies in the AI & Robot technology industry in order to envision and co-create the future where emergent technologies and our society harmonize. We also aim to propose the most advanced rules and systems that structure a foundation of the future society.

Conceptual diagram

Conceptual diagram