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Aoyama Gakuin University Singularity Institute [The Shape of Things to Come: Technology, AI and the Human]

  • Organization : Aoyama Gakuin University Singularity Institute
  • Section : Support for Projects Offering Visions for the Future
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


“The Shape of Things to Come: Technology, AI and the Human” is a project designed to create a new future by thinking about the optimal states for society and humanity in future, as humanity approaches the hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible (technological singularity).
This event is being held with the aim of predicting and verifying the future and preparing for the world that’s coming. In conjunction with an exhibition by artists working in the field of contemporary art, there will be wide-ranging lectures and talks by experts from various fields.

[Exhibiting artists]
exonemo, Okamoto Mitsuhiro, Konan, Kenta Cobayashi, Yoko Nakamura, Katsuki Nogami and Taiki Watai, Asako Fujikura, Susan Ploetz

[Talk series themes]
11/22 Autonomy in the age of AI
11/29 AI ethics policy in the EU
11/30 Practice, machine learning × block programming
11/30 AI × creativity
12/6 AI and maps: why is Google Maps navigation function incomplete?
12/7 Student planning: racing through cutting edge technology
12/13 AI ethics
12/14 The aim of Earthbook – Project Earth
12/14 Towards the library of the near future and new learning


【Aoyama Gakuin University Singularity Institute】
Deep learning, a machine-learning technique in Artificial Intelligence (AI), is evolving dramatically, and AI is expected to develop further, with experts predicting the advent of technological singularity when AI will exceed human intelligence. AI is already energetically being developed and applied by many institutions, but research on how this technological progress will affect human society and what kind of legal and social systems should be put in place in order to enrich and improve humanity is greatly lagging. In order to improve this situation, the Institute was established in 2018 to consider the challenges of the AI era from the fields of humanities and social sciences. Its principle activities so far have included 11 consecutive keynote lectures with industry sector guests, and the lecture series “AI Liberal Arts School,” which looks at AI from a variety of perspectives.


Aoyama Gakuin University Singularity Institute
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8366, Japan


Aoyama Gakuin University Aoyama Campus (Shibuya City, Tokyo)