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The Future of Human Intelligence and Computer Science

Will computers be more intelligent than humans by 2040?

1st Topos Conference (Outline)

There is a prevailing opinion in the world of computer science that sooner or later we will reach a technological singularity, i.e. a point in time when computers’ abilities surpass human intelligence. This conference will gather together futurologists, scientific minds from the pioneering days of computers, researchers in the field of computer science, shogi players who have played against computers, as well as philosophers and anthropologists in order to discuss, via the issue of the singularity, the meaning of humanity’s “tacit knowledge” and “embodied knowledge” and the coevolution of man and machine.


Time and Date
September 21, 2012 from 10:00 - 17:30
Venue Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F, Academy Hills Tower Hall
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.


  • Coming from the Hibiya Line (Roppongi Dori)
    1.Enter the concourse directly from Roppongi Station, walk toward Metro Hat.
    If arriving via Roppongi Dori, take stairs to Metro Hat.
    2.Pass through the Objet Plaza(66 Plaza),and fllow the signs to Academyhills.
  • Coming from Roppongi Keyakizaka
    1.Take Roppongi Hills Arena stairs or escalator to Hillside 1F.
    2.Take escalator to 2F.
    3.Turn right, then walk straight ahead.
Access Map of Roppongi Academy Hills
Attendance \20,000 (includes lunch)
Hosted by World Wise Web Initiative (w3i)
Sponsored by FRI , The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence


Keynote lecture

“I who lost to a computer. Be that as it may…”
Kunio YONENAGA (President, Japan Shogi Association)
Keynote speech (1)

“Challenges of the Singularity: Human and Computer Intelligence”
Neil JACOBSTEIN (Co-Chair AI and Robotics, and former President, Singularity University)
Lunch Session (at Roppongi Academy Hills Library Cafe)

“World Wise Web Initiative (w3i) - Goals and Direction”
Ikujiro NONAKA (Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University; w3i founder)
Keynote speech (2)

“Rethinking Intelligence”
Elizabeth CHURCHILL (Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research)
Dialogue Session
Discussion: “Singularity - Points of discussion: human intelligence vs. computers”
Topics Part 1: Origin of the Singularity: why did humans try to create artificial intelligence?
Part 2: Meaning: the differences between the human brain and computers
Part 3: Future: coevolution of humans and computers

Takashi MAENO (Professor, Graduate School of System Design Management, Keio University
Hiroyuki IIDA (Professor, Information Sciences Department, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Mariko HASEGAWA (Professor, Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
William DUTTON (Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)
Neil JACOBSTEIN (Co-Chair AI and Robotics, and former President, Singularity University)
Elizabeth CHURCHILL (Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research)

Noboru KONNO (Professor, Tama University Graduate School; w3i founder)
Yasue TAKEBE (International Interpreter)
Video Messages

Paul SAFFO (Consulting Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Stanford University)
Alan KAY (President, Viewpoints Research Institute)
Joichi ITO (Director, MIT Media Lab)
Catherine MALABOU (Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University)
Eastern and Western knowledge creating dialectical dynamism
Ikujiro NONAKA (Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University; w3i founder)

Program and speakers are subject to change without prior notice.

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Topos Conference Committee
FRI Economic Research Center/Practical Knowledge Research Center
icon-telephone Phone: 03-5401-8392
Web: Topos Conference inquiry form