The Cyber Civilization Research Center was delighted to host the “KGRI Great Thinker Series – Cyber Civilization: Prologue” on December 7, 2018. Three international experts, Professor Jonathan Cave (University of Warwick), Professor Lisa Dolling (Rosemont College) and Professor Gerald Faulhaber (University of Pennsylvania) were invited to give a series of public lectures, tackling themes over the opportunities and challenges that technology brings to educational, business, humanity and the society. The event attracted more than 150 participants across different industries among the local community, including higher education, business, and governmental organization, etc.
Professor Jun Murai, Co-Director of Cyber Civilization Research Center started off the day with an introduction to the Internet development in Japan, which implied the rapid growth of internet users over the last 8 years globally and draw attention to the urgency of review and act towards the potential impacts to human activities in this Cyber Age.
The first lecture “Moving the Boundaries of Humanity – Regulation by and of Algorithms” by Professor Jonathan Cave, Senior Research Fellow in Economics of University of Warwick, and Turing Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute, addressed the impacts on the changing structure of civilization towards human judgements and regulatory frameworks.
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The second lecture “Civilizations’ Economic Drivers: Babylon to Bitstream” by Professor Gerald Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania, and Former Chief Economist, Federal Communications and Commissions, focused on the transformation of modes on resources distribution patterns and potential solution towards income inequality.
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The last lecture “The Role of a Liberal Arts Education in a Technological Civilization” by Professor Lisa Dolling, Provost/Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, Rosemont College, addressed the importance of the recognition towards the role of liberal arts and humanity education, which are critical for tackling issues like the new skill sets of the future workforce and ethical considerations in artificial intelligence.
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Ms. Mika Takagi, Director of Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry if Economy, Trade and Industry, joined panel discussion themed on “What is the future of Cyber Civilization in Japan?” with the above three speakers and Professor David Farber, the Co-Director of Cyber Civilization Research Center. She highlighted the current institutional strategy in Japan and remarked in response to the previous sessions. The discussion was then opened to the floor and invited the audience to participate the dialogue with local relevance.
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The winners of the David Farber Prize were also announced during the event. Professor David Farber established this award to recognize undergraduate students at Keio University to write essays in English, and in the area of interaction between information technology and society, particularly in the following three themes the center is exploring:
- Theme 1: The Implications of Connectivity on Civilization, Society, and the Self
- Theme 2: Virtual and Physical Infrastructural Security in a Connected Age
- Theme 3: Cyber Civilization Risks and Resilience
Congratulations to the following students:
First Prize (JPY50,000)
“Peer-to-Peer Experience Economy: Can Engagement with Strangers Bring Connectivity in Humanity?”
by Daum Kim, Environment and Information Studies Year 4
Second Prize (JPY20,000)
“It’s Everywhere and it’s Vulnerable”
by Lisa Takahashi, Policy Management Year 4
“Virtual reality – the negative side and the measures”
by Xiaofan Liu, Policy Management Year 3
Third Prize (JPY10,000)
“Post-Capitalism: The Future of Economy in a Hyper-Connected Era”
by Andree Pratana, Policy Management Year 4