IT Day Japan – solving urgent global issues

IT Day Japan launched Dec 9, 2018 on the 50th anniversary of The Demo, as an annual event “for you who want to change the world.” The intention, to become an annual, global event, ultimately ongoing, to discuss, inspire, and implement needed change. Why this anniversary date? On December 9, 1968, Douglas Engelbart, the father of the IT revolution, demonstrated “a computer network that can increase people’s intelligence, promote people’s cooperation, and solve the serious problems facing humankind.” The Doug Engelbart Institute is honored and excited to participate in this ongoing initiative.

This year, the 2020 topic for IT Day Japan is
“What can IT do for the democratic crisis in COVID-19 pandemic?”
– an issue of immediate, urgent, complex, global importance

EVENT: IT Day Japan 2020 – the 6th “Global Digicon Salon 006”
WEBSITE: https://global-digicon-salon-006.peatix.com/
DATE HELD: Japan Dec 9, 2020 | US Dec 8, 2020
LOCATION: Live on Zoom
VIDEO: Watch on YouTube (video and pointers included below)

DESCRIPTION: To commemorate the 52nd anniversary of “The DEMO” held by Douglas Engelbart, the father of the IT revolution, on December 9, 1968, The 6th “Global Digicon Salon 006” will be held on a global scale.

The theme will be “IT day Japan 2020 What can IT do for the democratic crisis in COVID-19 pandemic?“.

With COVID-19, democracy is about to fall into crisis all over the world. The main reason for this is the rapid increase in unemployment due to the suspension of economic activity. In the first place, before COVID-19, it was predicted that a large number of unemployed people would occur as IT developed. It is now dramatically accelerated by COVID-19.

But, was IT born in this way with the purpose of destroying human society? No. Fifty-two years ago, Douglas Engelbart, the father of the IT revolution, demonstrated “a computer network that can increase people’s intelligence, promote people’s cooperation, and solve the serious problems facing humankind”. Starting from this DEMO, various IT devices and services such as personal computers, the Internet, smartphones, search engine, EC, SNS, games, artificial intelligence, IoT, and robots were born. However, the current IT is still full of problems. It is not designed to increase people’s intelligence, promote people’s cooperation, and solve the serious problems facing humankind. On the contrary, they are weakening people’s thinking, brainwashing for the convenience of the government, and inciting conflict and hatred. Under these circumstances, the sudden occurrence of COVID-19 is undoubtedly a major disaster for us. However, on the other hand, it is also an opportunity for us to fundamentally review the existing social system and bring about major innovation. In fact, humankind has made great progress in the face of such a crisis.

What can IT do for the democratic crisis in COVID-19 pandemic?
We will have a thorough discussion.

Speakers

After an introduction by moderator Toshihiro Takagi, former editor of “MACLIFE” and CEO of Creation Inc., and keynote speech by Norio Murakami, a former vice president of Google’s US headquarters and president of Google Japan, a panel discussion will be held with David Ushijima, former US “MACWORLD” Executive Editor and three top-class AI specialists in Japan. Tsuyoshi Morioka, President & CTO of AIREV Inc., Makoto Urano, URL (Universal Research Lab) CEO, Daiya Hashimoto, Professor at Digital Hollywood University. [On the video you will also hear from Christina Engelbart and Alan Kay.]

For Speakers Bios see the event website (click the green “Read more” to reveal Speakers)
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WATCH IN FULL

Watch video from IT Day Japan 2020 – a symposium to discuss and inspire
“What can IT do for the democratic crisis in COVID-19 pandemic?”

Some sessions are in English, some in Japanese, slides use a mix so you can follow regardless.

For Speakers Bios and more, see the event website (click the green “Read more” to reveal Speakers)
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WATCH INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

Session 1 – Introduction

[@0:00:01] Introduction by Toshihiro Takagi, Event Moderator, former editor of “MACLIFE”. CEO of Creation Inc. Refer to Speakers Bios for more on the event website (click the green “Read more” to reveal Speakers). Segments in English include Christina Engelbart (@11:20) and Alan Kay (@15:16). The following segment plays from Start to 31:41.

Watch Introduction by Toshihiro Takagi – from Start to 0:31:41
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Session 2 – Keynote

[@0:31:41] Keynote by Norio Murakami, a former vice president of Google’s US headquarters and president of Google Japan. Refer to Speakers Bios for more on the event website (click the green “Read more” to reveal Speakers). The following segment plays from 0:31:41 to 1:33:26.

Watch the Keynote by Norio Murakami – from 0:31:41 to 1:33:26
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Session 3 – Panel Discussion

[@1:33:26] For the Panel Discussion, the above are joined by David Ushijima, former US “MACWORLD” Excective Editor and three top-class AI specialists in Japan. Tsuyoshi Morioka, President & CTO of AIREV Inc., Makoto Urano, URL (Universal Research Lab) CEO, Daiya Hashimoto, Professor at Digital Hollywood University. Refer to Speakers Bios for more on the event website (click the green “Read more” to reveal Speakers). Segments in English include David Ushijima (@1:34:19). The following segment plays from 1:33:26 to the End.

Watch the Panel Discussion – from 1:33:26 to the End
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About the Moderator

Toshihiro Takagi – Former editor of “MACLIFE”. CEO of Creation Inc.
Born in 1955. Graduated from the Department of Political Science, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. 1985 Launched NTT Captain System Information Magazine “Captain Pedia”. In 1986, Japan’s first Macintosh specialized magazine “MAC World Japan Edition”. In 1987, the first issue of “MACLIFE”. In 1999, Developed “Knowledge Circulation System with AI” Kacis Writer/Kacis Publisher. Received “Software Product of the Year 2001” (SOFTIC). In 2017, held “Horos 2050 Future Conference”. On December 10, 2018, held Alan Kay’s keynote lecture “IT25.50”. His main books include “Mac OS X Server Perfect Guide”, “Document Creation with Kacis”, “The History of Jobs & Apple”, “Jobs Legend”, “Smart TV and Video Business”.

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