Global AI Narratives

Date: September 12th, 2018  

Global AI Narratives – Tokyo 

Workshop (invitation only: up to 40)

Venue: Waseda university  

on the 11th floor, #26 Okuma Kinen Tower (125th Anniv. Room) at the Waseda Campus [Address: 516 Wasedatsurumaki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Campus map #26)]

The impact of artificial intelligence will be truly global, and managing it for the benefit of all will require international, cross-cultural collaboration. But different cultures see AI through very different lenses. Diverse religious, linguistic, philosophical, literary and cinematic traditions have led to diverging conceptions of intelligent machines. To build trust across cultures we must understand these different ways of seeing what AI can and should be.

In this workshop, we aim to invite an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners from fields related to AI narratives, such as media scholars, artists, AI researchers, computer scientists, philosophers, and anthropologists.

Global AI Narratives Tokyo is organised by the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence in Cambridge, University of Cambridge, and Research Institute for Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University in collaboration with The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and The Robotics Society of Japan.

Programme (Tentative)

9:30 Registration commences and Coffee

10:00 Welcome remarks

  • Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Emeritus Shuji Hashimoto, Vice President, Waseda University

10:30 Session 1: UK AI Narratives

  • Dr Kanta Dihal, Postdoctoral Researcher ‘AI Narratives’ and Research Programme Coordinator, CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Sarah Dillon, University Lecturer in Literature and Film and co-PI ‘AI Narratives’ at CFI, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Claire Craig, Director of Science Policy and co-PI ‘AI Narratives’ at the Royal Society

11:45 LUNCH

12:45 Session 2: JAPAN AI Narratives

  • Professor Osamu Sakura, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo
  • Mr Masayoshi Sakai, visiting research fellow, GLOCOM(Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan)
  • Dr Kentaro Watanabe, Planning Officer, Research Planning Office for Artificial Intelligence, Department of Information Technology and Human Factors, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Professor Toshie Takahashi, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University


14:15 Session 3: KOREA AI Narratives

  • Professor Kyung Sin Park, Korea University Law School, Director, Open Net Korea
  • Professor Soo Young Lee, Director, KAIST Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Professor Chihyoung Jeon, KAIST
  • Professor So-Young Kim, KAIST


15:45 Session 4: CHINA AI Narratives


17:00 General Discussion

17:30 Closing Remarks

  • Professor Hironori Kasahara, Waseda University, IEEE Computer Society 2018 President

17:45 Wrap up, group photograph & short break before reception

18:30~20:30 Reception (Open)

RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo [Address:1-104-19 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8613 Japan, Phone: +81 (0)3-5285-1121]

Workshop:  invitation only, Free

Reception : open, Ticket ¥6000-

Local Organizer: Professor Toshie Takahashi and her media research team, Waseda University

Registration & Inquiry: Global AI Narratives Tokyo <>