Podcast recording @CFI : AI narratives in the West and Japan

April 1st, 2019, I challenged a podcast recording about AI Narratives in the West and Japan with Beth Slinger at the CFI, University of Cambridge.

Why are Japanese AI narratives different from western ones? The consensus so far seems to point to the influence of  Christianity in the West and Techno-animism in Japan.

However techno-animism has also been criticised because it is seen as reinforcement of stereotypical images of Japan which have led to a long tradition of techno-orientalism in the West.

Therefore I try to explain Japanese AI narratives from Japanese historical, social, political and economic perspectives.


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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