Global AI Narratives (CFI, the University of Cambridge)

Date: September 12th, 2018  

Global AI Narratives – Tokyo 

Workshop (invitation only: up to 40)

Venue: Waseda university  

on the 11th floor, #26 Okuma Kinen Tower (125th Anniv. Room) at the Waseda Campus [Address: 516 Wasedatsurumaki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Campus map #26)]

The impact of artificial intelligence will be truly global, and managing it for the benefit of all will require international, cross-cultural collaboration. But different cultures see AI through very different lenses. Diverse religious, linguistic, philosophical, literary and cinematic traditions have led to diverging conceptions of intelligent machines. To build trust across cultures we must understand these different ways of seeing what AI can and should be.

In this workshop, we aim to invite an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners from fields related to AI narratives, such as media scholars, artists, AI researchers, computer scientists, philosophers, and anthropologists.

Global AI Narratives Tokyo is organised by the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence in Cambridge, University of Cambridge, and Research Institute for Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University in collaboration with The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and The Robotics Society of Japan.


9:30 Registration commences and Coffee

Chair: Toshie Takahashi, Professor, Waseda University, Local Organiser

10:00 Welcome remarks

  • Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Emeritus Shuji Hashimoto, Vice President, Waseda University

10:30 Session 1: UK AI Narratives

  • Dr Kanta Dihal, Postdoctoral Researcher ‘AI Narratives’ and Research Programme Coordinator, CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Sarah Dillon, University Lecturer in Literature and Film and co-PI ‘AI Narratives’ at CFI, University of Cambridge

11:45 LUNCH

12:45 Session 2: JAPAN AI Narratives

  • Professor Toshie Takahashi, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
  • Mr Masayoshi Sakai, visiting research fellow, GLOCOM(Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan)
  • Professor Osamu Sakura, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo, and RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP)
  • Dr Kentaro Watanabe, Planning Officer, Research Planning Office for Artificial Intelligence, Department of Information Technology and Human Factors, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)


14:15 Session 3: KOREA AI Narratives

  • Professor Kyung Sin Park, Korea University Law School, Director, Open Net Korea
  • Professor Chihyoung Jeon, KAIST
  • Professor So-Young Kim, Head of the Graduate School of Science & Technology Policy, KAIST
  • Kyoungmi Oh, Seoul National University of Science and Technology


15:45 Interactive Exercise on Global AI Narratives: “Cultural Differences between East and West about AI Images”

17:30 Closing Remarks

  • Professor Hironori Kasahara, Waseda University, IEEE Computer Society 2018 President

17:45 Wrap up, group photograph & short break before reception

18:30~20:30 Reception (Open)

RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo [Address:1-104-19 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8613 Japan, Phone: +81 (0)3-5285-1121]

Local Organizer: Professor Toshie Takahashi and her media research team, Waseda University

Registration & Inquiry: Global AI Narratives Tokyo <>

The main attendee of the workshop

  • Jaan Tallinn (co-founder of Skype)
  • Tomoyoshi Inoue (Director, Institute for Information and Communications Policy,
    Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
  • Seiichi Asano (British Embassy Tokyo)
  • Noriyuki  Yoshida (Editorial writer, Yomiuri Shimbun)
  • Satoru Ohtake (Principal Fellow, JST)
  • Takanori Shibata (Senior Principal Researcher of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
  • Tomohiro Shibata (Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology)
  • Takashi Maruyama (Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University)
  • Taizo Yoshikawa (Assistant Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co.,Ltd.)
  • Tadahiro Kawada (President, Kawada Industries, Inc.)
  • Graham John Matthews (NTU Singapore)
  • Takeshi Suzuki (the Centre for Film and Screen)
  • Danit Gal (Project Assistant Professor, Keio University)
  • Yasuo Kawakami (Professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda university)
  • Fumiko Tanaka (Organization for University Reseach Initiatives)
  • Miwa Araki (Japan Broadcasting Corporation Radio Centre NHK journal )
  • Yoshiyuki Shirakawa (Professor, Waseda University) 
  • Shintaro Matsumoto (Director, Industrial Science and Technology Project Promotion Office, Research and Development Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
  • Jiro Kokuryo (Professor, Doctor of Business Administration, Vice President, Keio University)

Download this Workshop Report: GAIN Tokyo Workshop Report