Our research focuses on the public image of AI/robots in Japan and other East Asian countries. More specific targets are its historical transitions and its representations in fictional materials including sci-fi. Also planned is comparative research of the public images among East Asian, or Buddhist, countries. It is expected that the public images may be somewhat different from those in the Western countries which put their base of cultural norm on Judeo-Christianity. The discontinuity has been emphasized between humans and animals in Christian thinking, while from the Buddhist view human beings are placed in part of the nature. We are tackling to propose rather unique perspectives on human-AI relation from the East Asian viewpoint.
How the developments of science and technology has been changing humans and society
Biological and cultural evolution of human beings