Beneficial AI Tokyo

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to be one of the most transformative technologies in human history. From academia, industry, and the policy world, a growing number of organisations are now working to ensure that it is safe and beneficial. For the moment, most of these initiatives are Western, mainly from Anglophone countries. These voices need to be joined by others. The task of ensuring that the development of AI benefits all of humanity calls for a genuinely global community, and a forum for voices from all over the world.

How can we build an inclusive and effective global community? Beneficial AI Tokyo was held in association with a symposium on AI and Society on October 12, 2017 to explore this challenge, with a particular focus on Japan.

The participating academic groups and NGOs, corporate groups, and others presented their thoughts on effective ways to build cooperation for beneficial AI, and the participants discussed topics such as:

The participants expressed commitment to working towards AI for good, and endorsed a Conference Statement ‘Cooperation for Beneficial AI.’


Program Outline

09:00 – 09:30 Arrival & Registration
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome & Introduction by Huw Price (CFI/CSER) & Ryota Kanai (Araya)
09:45 – 11:15 NGO panel session

Moderator: Arisa Ema (University of Tokyo)

Speakers: John C. Havens (IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative), Viktoriya Krakovna (Future of Life Institute), Yasuo Kuniyoshi (AI Center), Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (CSER/CFI), Bing Song (Berggruen Institute China Center), Hideaki Takeda (JSAI), Denis Therien (Element AI/CIFAR)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Corporate panel session

Moderator: Jaan Tallinn (CSER)

Speakers: Olga Afanasjeva (GoodAI), Jake Lucchi (Google HK), Masaya Mori (Rakuten), Yutaka Matsuo (Japan Deep Learning Association), Francesca Rossi (Partnership on AI), Akira Sakakibara (Microsoft Japan)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Breakout sessions
16:30 – 17:45 Concluding panel & discussions

Co-chairs: Ryota Kanai (Araya), Huw Price (CFI/CSER)

Panelists: Arisa Ema (University of Tokyo), Danit Gal (Peking University), Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University), Osamu Sakura (University of Tokyo), Hideaki Shiroyama (University of Tokyo), Jaan Tallinn (CSER)

17:45 – 18:00 Closing statement by Yasuo Kuniyoshi (AI Center) & Ryota Kanai (Araya)
18:00 – 20:00 Reception



Organizing Committee Members


Advisory Council