Advances in information technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics provide tremendous opportunities for innovation, growth, and prosperity through human-machine collaboration. Asian research is very much leading the field, with noticeable angst in certain European countries about machines. This panel gets to the heart of the matter by exploring how best to grasp the potential of information technologies to assist and improve our daily lives, while equally mitigating its impacts in widening inequality among people, countries or regions. For example, capitalists who can afford to invest in new technology can get rapid benefits with less workload, but those in society who dont have talent or skill for new technologies may lose their jobs. The developing world is particularly impacted. Also, human nature or identity may even change for the worst in this increasingly inter-connected world.
With these benefits and risks in mind, the Japanese government has taken the lead in asking its science establishment to build a new Society 5.0 or Super Smart Society. In this session, we aim to engage our European colleagues in this debate while demonstrating the actions being taken across Japan to enrich peoples lives and perceptions of self-worth, particularly in the world of work.