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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
AI/IOT and the Future of Society


Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094, Japan

03 – 3222 5077
03 – 3222 5420


AI/IOT and the Future of Society

February 14, 2018

In cooperation with
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology at UC San Diego
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich

The workshop brings together scholars and researchers from Japan, Germany and the U.S. to discuss a social science research agenda in the face of the oncoming digital revolution, i.e., the arrival of the internet-of-things, with artificial intelligence, ubiquitous sharing, autonomous systems, and the so-called Industry 4.0, Society 5.0 and Life 3.0.

So far, futuristic visions of the implications associated with digital connectivity, big data and AI have been mostly the bailiwick of engineers and science fiction authors. The social sciences are only just now beginning to seriously consider the subject matter.


2:30 P.M.
Welcome and introduction

Franz Waldenberger

German Institute for Japanese Studies

2:40 P.M.

Ulrike Schaede

2:50 P.M.
Round of self-introduction

All participants
What are the major challenges / issues related to IoT and AI?

3:30 P.M.
First discussion round and introductory statement

Franz Waldenberger

German Institute for Japanese Studies

How do governments of Japan, US and Germany perceive the risks and opportunities of IoT/AI? How do they position themselves? What are the dominant visions/narratives? What are the major national initiatives?

4:15 P.M.
Second discussion round and introductory statement

Dietmar Harhoff
What is actually happening? What fields are most likely to advance? What major social, structural, legal/ethical challenges need to be tackled in advancing digitalization, connectivity and AI?

5:00 P.M.
Third discussion round and introductory statement

Gisela Trommsdorff
How are the social sciences positioning themselves? What role can they play? How are they affected?

5:45 P.M.
Concluding remarks

Ulrike Schaede

6:00 P.M.
Networking reception

7:30 P.M.