We are approaching a turning point in human history. As mankind faces a wide range of issues from hunger to obesity, it is no longer feasible to solve problems using models of the 20th century based on finite quantities. Knowledge-based solutions are needed in order to build a sustainable society, and there must be innovators as well as innovation platforms to support them. My hope is that the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future will provide a key to successful creation of new economic and social value. I would like to invite you to join us in working to co-create the future.
Director/Professor, MIT Media Lab
For the creation of new industries, what Japan lacks is an ecosystem. If this were realized through the Innovation Network for Co-creating the Future, that would be outstanding. I think that the "society in the loop" way of thinking is a critical key element in solving societal issues. If it becomes a "society in the loop", Japan will become an interesting country.
Regarding attention-grabbing technologies such as self-driving cars, the genome, medical devices, and remote sensing, opportunity lies in the gray areas. Through MRI's efforts, if "new light" is thrown on these areas as it were, that would be fascinating. Provided there is good technology, if the number of big corporations that buy start-up companies as part of R&D strategy grows, then the number of people who attempt start-ups will grow in Japan as well. I would like the Innovation Network for Co-creating the Future to encourage this.