Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University, Tokyo and has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society as well as the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, the University of Cambridge and Columbia University. Currently, she is a member of common room of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford.
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, “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.