Japan UK Technology and Humanity in Education 2019

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On 1 March 2019, the Embassy of Japan in the UK hosted “Japan UK Technology and Humanity in Education 2019,” at the Royal Institute of Great Britain, bringing together leading Japanese and UK AI/IoT companies, along with key figures in the various initiatives in this field. More than 150 guests joined the event.
Thanks to the recent progress of communications technology, we are now entering a new era when expectations are high for new information technologies, such as AI and IoT, which could contribute to areas such as business, cultural advancement and education. At the same time, disruptive forces are creating the need to cultivate a new generation of talented technologist. Both in Japan and the UK, efforts towards realising this are gathering pace, with a number of government and industry initiatives.

With the aim of further developing Japan-UK cooperation in the AI/IoT field, several presentations focusing on the education for the next generation were made at this event.
A reception followed, providing an opportunity to network and meet fellow participants. The Embassy provided some Japanese Sake for guests to enjoy.
The programme of the day was as follows:
Opening remarks
Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan
Keynote lecture
Mr Julian David, CEO, techUK
Mr Makoto Enomoto, Senior Vice President, CMO, NEC Corporation
Highlights of emerging tech
Mr Masato Furuno, Smart IoT Division, SoftBank Corp.
Mr Takashi Sonoda, Founder, CEO, Uhuru Corporation
Ms Alexandra Laska, Head of Business Development, Improbable
Human-Centred Digital Society
Dr Toshie Takahashi, Professor, School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University / Visiting Scholar, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
Mr Edward Teather, Head of International, Office for Artificial Intelligence (Joint unit : BEIS/DCMS)
Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Research Fellow, Deputy Director, Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford / Turing Fellow, Alan Turing Institute
Education for the Future
Dr Khaled Benkrid, Senior Director, Education and Research, Arm Holdings plc
Mr Jung Kai, Masason Foundation Scholarship Student at University of Cambridge
Ms Megumi Sano, Masason Foundation Scholarship Student at Stanford University
Closing remarks
Mr Katsuya Watanabe, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
The presentations and a video of the event can be viewed at: https://str.uhuru.co.jp/juthe19/