Publication: Academic Article entitled, “Artificial Intelligence/Robots and Social Impacts: Is Human First Innovation Wishful Thinking? ” (in Japanese)

I’m delighted to announce that my article entitled,  Artificial Intelligence/Robots and Social Impacts: Is Human First Innovation Wishful Thinking? has been just published by Journal of Information Systems Society of Japan, Vol.14, No.2. (2019) in Japanese


The aim of this paper is to understand the social impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots both theoretically and empirically. Firstly, I introduce the theoretical framework I have developed for a deeper understanding of the social impact of AI and robots. Secondly, in order to address the differences between Western and Japanese perceptions and engagement with AI and robots, I demonstrate AI narratives within Japanese historical and social contexts since the 1920s. This work is done in collaboration with the Global AI Narratives project at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. Thirdly, I investigate Japanese engagement with AI and robots using the results of both qualitative and quantitative research. I introduce my two on-going projects, firstly “Youth and AI” project and secondly “Robots Engagement” project. Finally, I give some suggestions which I call “Human First Innovation” regarding the future of this field. I hope this study will help to create a better AI society together beyond techno-orientalism within the dichotomy between the West and the Rest.

About Toshie Takahashi

Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, as well as the Institute for Al and Robotics,Waseda University, Tokyo. She was the former faculty Associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge as well as Columbia University. She conducts cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary research on the social impact of robots as well as the potential of AI for Social Good. 【早稲田大学文学学術院教授。元ハーバード大学バークマンクライン研究所ファカルティ・アソシエイト。現在、人工知能の社会的インパクトやロボットの利活用などについて、ハーバード大学やケンブリッジ大学と国際共同研究を行っている。東京オリンピック・パラリンピック競技大会組織委員会テクノロジー諮問委員会委員。】
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