Podcast recording @CFI : AI narratives in the West and Japan
April 1st, 2019, I challenged a podcast recording about AI Narratives in the West and Japan with Beth Slinger at the CFI, University of Cambridge.
Why are Japanese AI narratives different from western ones? The consensus so far seems to point to the influence of Christianity in the West and Techno-animism in Japan.
However techno-animism has also been criticised because it is seen as reinforcement of stereotypical images of Japan which have led to a long tradition of techno-orientalism in the West.
Therefore I try to explain Japanese AI narratives from Japanese historical, social, political and economic perspectives.
About Toshie Takahashi
Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, as well as the Institute for Al and Robotics,Waseda University, Tokyo. She was the former faculty Associate at 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 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.