#Series 42 Special Session
“What kind of world will AGI-Artificial General Intelligence-create? How do we respond to it? Proactively, reactively?”

VIDEO: Before session (Part 1)


I interviewed Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, chairperson of WBAI, our guest speaker about what Artificial General Intelligence and what he expects from the brainstorming session. It is only in Japanese.

VIDEO: Opening Talk- Presentation by Hiroshi Yamakawa and Q & A (Part 2)


In the first few minutes, I explained the background of the session and introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawawa.

Then the guest speaker, Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, took some 20 minutes or so, distinguishing child AI from adult AI and explained further about deep learning, as a foundation of AGI. He traced back the historical development of AGI and the related organizations throughout the world.

I started asking some questions such as whether AGI is an extension of specialized AI or a complete different approach to AI. In responding to questions, he explained the transferability of intelligence to other fields.

I tried to use some analogy such as generalist/specialist in our career to understand the distinction between the AGI and AI as tool, and special value that AGI can offer.
Some questions from the participants included: 1) AGI as super generalist AI 2) Application example for AGI and potential application 3) Conductor, multi-talented musicians and super athletes with multiple talents as analogy for AGI,
4) what type of jobs replaceable by AGI 5) How to try “brain function” applicable to AGI with limited understanding of brain function 6) Possibility of enhancing our brain by putting AGI 7) AGI, if it is complete, may end up with efficient single system/answer rather than many different alternative solutions 8) Do you teach ethics to computer/AI?

At the end of the opening talk, I asked participants whether they would like to go to the world where AGI exists. Then I asked participants whether they would go if they could NOT come back to the world we are in? Responses were quite interesting.

VIDEO: Presentations and Closing (Part 3)


After 45 minutes or so, two groups each of the three topics as above reported back their discussion to the whole group. Some ideas included the need to updates of knowledge as to status of AGI, a variety of businesses including defense, consulting etc. medical etc. They picked Doraemon as the potential of business application of AGI in different fields including education. For evaluation and creating market, AGI could be perceived as human and get money, pay tax, etc.

One group said that there is no way we can control AGI, and ended up with three options of human being. (See video for the specifics of the three!)

At the end comments were made by the guest speakers.
This discussion is hopefully the step forward to let us think more about AI and future.

VIDEO: After session (Part 3)


I had two interviews –the first, with the Japanese who came for the first time, in Japanese and in English about his reactions/impressions of the session and the second with the non-Japanese student in English asking about details of the discussion of her breakout group.

#Session 42 “Davos Experience in Tokyo” Special Session
November 3, 2016
“What kind of world will AGI-Artificial General Intelligence-create? How do we respond to it? Proactively, reactively?”

On November 3, (national holiday), we will host the special session of Davos Experience in Tokyo series at Shochiku Square in Higashi Ginza. This is a special session open for all, including those participants of Davos Experience in Tokyo Series, Global Agenda Seminar Series, various events by the World Economic Forum among others. Those who have never participated in any of the above, but interested in the topic are welcome. We will have Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, chairperson of WBAI (http://wba-initiative.org/en/about/) and position this session as Part 2 of AI series, following the one on September 9 at NEC.
We often hear how advanced the AI for Shogi and Go for example and how it can write articles and reports. We also hear about the possibility of AI taking over some of our jobs. Unlike these AI which are specialized for certain tasks (as “tool”), AGI can do many things and learn accordingly.
We can visualize how specialized AI (for example, AI for Go) function even vaguely, but it is very difficult to visualize how AGI functions. Is it same as human and can do anything? I heard from Dr. Yamakawa how AGI developed in Japan could have competitive edge over groups such as Google, Amazon, etc. of private sector in other countries. We want to find out what will happen when AGI is complete and what kinds of issues we face in the process of AGI. As AI is becoming a hot and very relevant issue for all of us, discuss the issue from a variety of perspectives.
For example, we can discuss how military/defense system, financial system and capital market will change. How value added is appreciated in the market and how creative work by artists and individual contribution to the society are evaluated when AGI becomes a reality. Would inequality widen in the face of AGI? What happens if people with evil intensions get hold of AGI? How can we protect ourselves and prevent the evils caused by them? We will focus on the role of AGI in the society, rather than technical aspect of it.
We will follow the same format of “Davos..” series. After my brief introduction, Dr. Yamakawa will give a short lecture on AGI, followed by questions and answers from the floor. Brain storming in small groups will follow, with staff of WBAI helping us. Each group will report back and we will have comments/feedback from Dr. Yamakawa and WBAI staff. It will be followed by networking. (We will start earlier than usual-i.e. from 5:00 pm-as it is a national holiday.)
It will be held at Shochiku Square in Higashi Ginza near Dwango headquarters. We will livestream using Nikoniko and those who cannot come to the venue can watch and comment.
The whole session will be conducted in English as always.


Supported by The Whole Brain Architecture Initiative

第41回 特別拡大版 ダボスの経験を東京で
2016年11月3日
「AGI(汎用人工知能)はどんな世界を拓くのか?私たちはどう対応したら良いのか?」

11月3日(休日です)の午後5時から、東銀座の松竹スクエアで、「ダボスの経験を東京で」シリーズ、グローバルゼミ、その他私がこれまで関与してきた世界経済フォーラムや新渡戸国際塾、福澤文明塾など、いろいろなイベントに参加してくださっている方々、そして新たにAI(人工知能)に興味を持っていらっしゃる方々のために(自分のためでもあります!) 全脳アーキテクチャ・イニシアティブ(WBAI http://wba-initiative.org/about/)の代表山川宏さんをお招きしてAI Part2(Part 1は9月9日のNECでのセッション)を企画しています。
 将棋に強い、囲碁に強い、定型の記事やレポートが書ける、定型的な仕事を肩代わりするAIについては、最近よく話を聞きますが、WBAIではこうしたツールとしての特化型AIではなく、「汎用」AIを開発しています。
 特化型AIについては何となくイメージがわくのですが、汎用AIとは一体何なのか。なぜ日本のAIエンジニアの競争優位が期待できるのか、そして、汎用AIができるとどんなことが起こりそうなのか。そこに至る道で遭遇するかもしれないことは何か、などについて、お話を伺い、どんどん身近になってきつつあるAIについて、皆で考えてみませんか。
 テクニカルな側面というよりは、誰もが考えなくてはならないAIと社会、特に何でもできる汎用AIができたら、軍事、金融システム、金融市場、市場で評価される付加価値、創造的なアーティストの仕事の評価、個人が社会にもたらす貢献度、などにどんな影響があるのか。また各種の格差はさらに拡大するのか、悪用されるとどんな可能性があるのか、こうしたことをどう防ぐのか、防ぐことができるのか、などについて、考えたいと思います。
 フォーマット自体は通常の「ダボス。。」と同様に、まず背景を少しご説明した後、山川さんにお話を伺い、質疑応答などをした後、小グループでいろいろなテーマについてディスカッションをします。小グループでのディスカッションでは、WBAIのスタッフの皆さんもサポートしてくださる予定です。その後各グループからのレポート、そして山川さん、スタッフの方々のコメントをいただいて、ネットワーキングをします。休日なので、少し早めの時間帯から始めたいと思っています。
 なおこのセッションはWBAIのあるドワンゴの近くにある松竹スクエアで行いますが、ニコニコ動画でも配信し、会場以外で見ておられる方々からのコメントもいただきたいと思います。セッションはすべて英語です。


後援: 特定非営利活動法人全脳アーキテクチャ・イニシアティブ

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