1943 Born in Osaka, Japan.
1961 Graduated from Osaka Prefectural Kitano Senior High School.
1961 Enrolled in Faculty of Science, Kyoto University.
1965 Enrolled in master's course of the Graduate School of Sciences, Department of Physics, Kyoto University.
1967 Enrolled in doctoral course of the Graduate School of Sciences, Department of Physics, Kyoto University. Measured Nuclear
1970 Received Ph.D. from Kyoto University.
1970 Assistant professor in Faculty of Technology, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Kyoto University.
1973 Associate professor in Faculty of Technology, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Kyoto University.
1992 Professor in Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kobe University.
2006 Retired from Kobe University and entitled Professor Emeritus.
Also served as affiliate professor of University of Wales College of Cardiff, affiliate professor of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, administrative director of Astronomical Society of Japan. Currently serves as president of JAPAN SKEPTICS.
Present Post: vice-president of incorporated non-profit organization Einstein, research worker of the Nakanoshima Science Laboratory.
Expertise: Cosmology, Relativity, Astrophysics, Fluid Dynamics, Computer Simulation.
Interest: Presentation Theory, Criticism for pseudoscience, Aikido.
Author: "Relativistic Cosmology", "Year 2015 Problem... the date that computer goes beyond human", "Mistake-filled Physics"
Currently organizes "Singularity Salon" for raising Singularity from Japan.
Keynote:The Singularity is Near
An Artificial Intelligence (AI) extremely surpassed the human intelligence is called "Superintelligence". In a short while, the Superintelligence will be developed for the first time in our history. The Superintelligence raises an exponential development of the scientific technology and affects the human society and civilization. The time is called "Singularity (Technological Singularity)". An American futurist Ray Kurzweil, who bruits the concept of Singularity, predicts that the time will come in the year 2045. And he also predicts that the capacity of the AI will gets up to that of a human in the year 2029. I would like to call the period prior to 2045 as "Pre-Singularity". An AI used for a specific purpose is called "Narrow AI", and an AI used for general purposes is called "Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)“. Today there is only Narrow AI, but it will greatly affect the human society such as Technological Unemployment in the coming future. If AGI comes into being, the influence increases dramatically. Researchers all over the world endeavors to develop the AGI. In recent years, researches of the Superintelligence are implemented in Japan. I will discuss what is the Superintelligence and political, economic, technological and military significances. I will especially introduce the roadmap for the development of the Superintelligence in Japan. I will also discuss about the possibility that Singularity will be occurred from Japan in 2020s much earlier than the year 2045.