Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, as well as the Institute for AI and Robotics, Waseda University, Tokyo. She has been appointed as a faculty associate of the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge as well as Harvard University and Columbia University.
She conducts cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary research on the social impact of robots as well as the potential of AI for Social Good. Her latest book, entitled “Towards the age of Digital Wisdom” (2016, Shinnyosha, in Japanese) is based on the collaborative project on “Young People and Digital Media” with the University of Oxford and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center won the first prize for the Telecommunication social science award.
Her “complexity model of communication” showed how youths engaged with digital media in ways that thrived on chaos, and was adaptive and self-organising. In some ways, this proved to be a precursor to what is happening in the fourth industrial revolution, in the worlds of IoT, AR, and AI. Takahashi’s current work focuses on the rise of the so-called “Society 5.0”, a hyper smart society as conceived in Japan in its march towards 2020.
A media ethnographer, her writings have been included in both Japanese and International Media Studies anthologies, for example, “Artificial Intelligence/Robots and Social Impacts: Is Human First Innovation Wishful Thinking?” (2019, Journal of Information Systems Society of Japan, Vol.14, No.2., in Japaanese), “Towards the age of Digital Wisdom” (2016, Shiyosha, in Japanese), Audience Studies: A Japanese Perspective (2009, Routledge), “The Language of Social Media: Community and Identity on the Internet”. (P. Seargeant, and C. Tagg eds, 2014, Palgrave), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (M. Thomas ed., 2011, Routledge), International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture (K. Drotner and S.Livingstone eds., 2008, Sage), the journal New Media and Society (2010, Sage), the journal Global Media and Communication (2007, Sage).
Professor Takahashi graduated with a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MA in Sociology from the University of Tokyo and a BSc in Mathematics from Ochanomizu University.
Finally, Takahashi sits on the technology advisory committee of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020.