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Keynote Live - The Japan Science & Technology Agency's Moonshot Goal

This talk will introduce a challenging research program, the Japan Science & Technology Agency's Moonshot Goal 1 on “Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050.” The program was determined by the Japanese Plenary session of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (“CSTI”), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (“MEXT”), and JST. It consists of three human-centered R&D projects on Cybernetic Avatars, which will support the creation of cloud infrastructure and core technologies that enable a diverse range of remotely operated social human activities. They will help us adapt and adjust to a new human-centered ‘cybernetic avatar life,’ where these avatars will augment the physical, cognitive, and perceptual capabilities of people from a range of socio-economic and other backgrounds. The cybernetic avatars will be developed from the viewpoint of not only of the providers, but also the users in future society. The project will also conduct basic research on human stress caused by the avatars — and how to relieve this — while taking into account ethical, legal, social, and economic (ELSE) issues.

Dr Norihiro Hagita


Japan Science & Technology Agency

Norihiro Hagita received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Keio University, Japan in 1976, 1978, and 1986 respectively. From 1978 to 2001, he was with the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). He then joined the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), where he established the ATR Media Information Science Laboratories in 2001, and the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories in 2002.

Dr Hagita is currently chair and professor at the Art Science department of Osaka University of Arts. He also serves as the research supervisor in the JST CREST research programs on intelligent information processing systems, creating co-experience knowledge and wisdom with human-machine harmonious collaboration. Dr Hagita is the program director for the JST moonshot goal program 1 — realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050. He is a member of the Science Council of Japan.