Competition between countries to rise above the pack as the leader in AI technology is heating up. IT corporations represented by Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon in the USA and others led by Alibaba in China have entered a scouting war for talents in the field of AI.
How will AI change our future? In this session, we will diagnose the present and future of AI with Daniela Rus, the Director of CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) at MIT, and industry leaders, such as Toyota,who are applying actual technology in industrial settings.
Alan Turing, commonly known as the father of computer science,predicted way back in the 1950s that one day we will develop an ‘electronic brain’ which mimics the way humans think.
Today, after 70 years, his prediction has come true, and scientific research combining AI and the human brain is booming. Researchers are emulating the activities of the brain to enhance the level of AI and in turn utilizing AI to analyze the human brain.
In this session, we will take a look at the convergence of neuroscience and AI with eminent scholarswho are pioneering a new horizon in neuroscience from South Korea, Japan and USA, and more.
The average life expectancy of humanity, which was only 50 years in the year 1900, has nearly doubled in just 100 years. Now humanity is dreaming of the ‘Homo-hundred-twenty Era’ instead of just the ‘Homo-hundred Era’. Biotechnology has surpassed the limits of simply curing diseases and ventured into the realm of realizing possibility of longevity.
In this session, with UK and South Korean experts who have created genome maps for each of their corresponding countries, we will listen to how the understanding of genes could lead to longevity. Let’s take a look at various biotechnologies with the potential to become the “elixir of youth”, ranging from genomic analysis technologies that could allow us to predict all the potential diseases that could occur during one’s lifetime to gene editing technologies which could eliminate the possibility of disease through “cutting out” the problematic genes.
The key to blockchain technology is de-centralization. Everyone, not just traditional banks and governments, potentially gains the ability to personally document E-commerce and view transactional information. The security system of blockchain also increases the credibility of this personal economy.
Could blockchain replace the traditional economy to enable a world in which the individual becomes the center of economic system? Could cryptocurrency be an eternal flame that runs the new economy?
Alex Tapscott, the author of , which is also known as the Bible of blockchain, and Alexis Sirkia, a market maker of Ripple, the 3rd largest cryptocurrency in the world in terms of market value, will discuss the future of blockchain along with other experts.
Even global corporations, the guardians of traditional economy, are now actively studying blockchain technology. Some corporations have already adopted blockchain into their system operations and security maintenance. Blockchain’s advantage in this field lies in its ability to allow for transparent asset management, as it completely prevents any possibility of forgery and falsification.
We will have a chance to find out how blockchain technology is being applied in the field of business, through examples of successful introductions into the operations of global corporations such as Intel and Amazon. This session will focus on the opinions of experts on what kind of new businesses will be developed through the utilization of blockchain.
With the development of tools such as modeling programs and 3D printers, the ‘Makers’ culture of making one’s own products has been spreading. Technology has enabled people to become ‘Makers’ of handicrafts, baking, IT devices, and even weapons straight from their imaginations.
Anthony Halmon, who is currently attending Cornell University, had a deprived childhood. The Makers culture was what sparked his passion amidst despair. Through inventing a product from his own imagination, he was able to turn his life around. Through presenting his plans of commercializing his invention, Halmon even received an invite to the White House and a chance to meet President Obama.
Led by Professor Tong-Jin Kim, the mentor of Anthony Halmon and a Purdue University Professor, let’s imagine the world as pictured by makers along with these Makers who are working to spread the culture.
John Wood became an executive of Microsoft in his 30s and he worked as the Director of Business Development for Microsoft in China. While traveling in the Himalayas, he happened to visit a school without a single book fit to teach any of its 450 students. After the visit, he founded ‘Room to Read’, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and gender equality in education.
Wood implemented management skills he learned from Microsoft to grow Room to Read. We are to see how John Wood runs non-profit organizations more like businesses.
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Global warming has brought humanity hotter summers and colder winters than years before. How will we solve these problems posed by climate change? Diana Mangalagiu, a board member of the Global Climate Forum and a professor of Oxford University, believes that we must search for the solution both the angle of natural sciences and social sciences andfurther suggests that cutting-edge technology could co-exist with environment.