The Implications of Connectivity on Civilization, Society, and the Self
Virtual and Physical Infrastructural Security in a Connected Age
Cyber Civilization Risks and Resilience
Data Management

Theme 1: The Implications of Connectivity on Civilization, Society, and the Self

Networked intelligence, unbound by physical limits and enhanced by key technological advancements, urges humanity to reconsider foundational concepts that have defined civilizations for centuries. For example, the notions of self, autonomy, and responsibility (that provide foundations for the design of many present day social institutions), are being questioned with the emergence of “thinking” machines that collectively function on the network. With such recognition, CCRC seeks to understand and develop the next generation of social principles to govern both the technology and society.

テーマ1: 文明、社会、そして自己に対してコネクティビティが及ぼす影響

知性がネットワーク化され、物理的な限界から解き放たれ、技術革新によって機能強化された今、これまで幾世紀もかけて積み上げてきた人間性に関する理解は根幹から再構築されなければならない。例えば (現在の多くの社会制度設計を成立させる基礎となってきた)自己、自立性、そして責任といった概念は、ネットワーク上で集合的に「思考する」機械の登場によって、その意義を問われるようになってきている。このような認識に基づき、サイバー文明研究センターは技術並びに社会に対する次世代の規範を理解し、構築することを目指している。

Theme 2: Virtual and Physical Infrastructural Security in a Connected Age

With the advances in IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence), cyber civilization is becoming ever more vulnerable to cyber threats. Without addressing this issue, we will not be able to fully benefit from the promised capabilities of information technologies. By better understanding how pervasive technology has become to individual, national, and international security, we may be able to understand how to defend it from malicious actors and mitigate overspills from the virtual to the physical and vice versa.

テーマ2: コネクティッド世代における仮想/物理インフラのセキュリティ


Theme 3: Cyber Civilization Risks and Resilience

Beyond direct attacks on information technology systems, cyber civilization can also face a variety of civilization risks. Such risks may include unethical use of powerful technologies for weapons, social instability by loss of jobs, and loss of human control over markets, to name just a few. The consequences of natural born risks, including earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis etc. would have different character and magnitude in the cyber civilization age from that of previous ones. CCRC thus seeks to explore civilization risks that are of a large magnitude and can risk both the virtual and physical manifestation of society. Based on the deeper understanding of the nature of the risks, we would also like to explore how technological and societal systems can be resilient, i.e. have the capability to recover from damages quickly, in a cyber civilization



Theme 4: Data Management 

The rise of data economy and advancement in big data technology have driven innovation and growth to the society. Yet, at the same time, they bring along a new set of challenges and potential risks to the human race. Global policymakers see data management strategy as the top priority in their development plans and consider it to be the remedies of many social problems, at both domestic and international level. A trustable mechanism on data management is essential to our future. CCRC analyze data architecture and technologies and illustrates the potentials and challenges that support effective future welfare planning, and develop an architecture for trust between stakeholders that fill up gaps between the exiting laws, conventions, and protocols on data usage.