A smart city comprises two cutting-edge technologies of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through the two technologies, everything around us is connected to the Internet. What role are the IoT and AI playing in today’s social lives and industries? To what extent and how are they used? Also how will they pervade in the future? We interviewed five high-profile experts from IoT and AI in academia, a municipality-related organization and a private business company who have been engaged in the research and development of smart city technologies.
What Tokyo-based companies need in the city’s journey to become a Smart City:
“Good balance of openness and closedness”
Ken Sakamura, Dean of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design (INIAD), Toyo University; Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo; and Doctor of Engineering
An ideal sense of distance between AI/IoT and human beings
Masaaki Mochimaru, Director of Human Informatics Research Institute (HIRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); and Doctor of Engineering
Community-based watching out for children using IoT
Secretariat of Fuchu City Board of Education
Realizing “Shibuya, International Center of Culture and Tourism” by utilizing state-of-the-art technologies
Shibuya City Tourism Association Inc.
Remote monitoring of farmland — “Aggressive” agriculture utilizing state-of-the-art technologies
Hiroshi Miyazaki, Executive Director, Seraku Co., Ltd.
For this feature article, we interviewed five key persons who lead the development and research as well as commercialization of the IoT and AI that contribute to the industrial development of Tokyo and Japan. The five experts share a common view that the two technologies are indispensable to ensure pleasant lives and develop industries and that Tokyo is destined to pursue technology and also possesses the most advanced knowledge and excellent human resources necessary for its pursuit. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government supports those who are motivated to take on new challenges of starting up or expanding businesses in Tokyo, whether they are Japanese or people from abroad.