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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial-intelligence-related talks in Geneva between China and the U.S. yielded no concrete agreements, but the conversations set the stage for continued engagement on safety and risks related to the technology.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Seven hours in Geneva hotel highlight U.S.-China struggle on AI
Officials from the U.S. and China stressed in the meeting at the hotel a shared desire to prevent nightmare scenarios like a computer-triggered nuclear war.
AI-powered disinformation campaigns particularly during elections can create varied and nuanced content, making detection more challenging.
COMMENTARY / World
May 7, 2024
If AI wrecks democracy, we may never know
AI-powered disinformation campaigns can create varied and nuanced content, making detection more challenging.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose company launched a pair of smart glasses, on stage at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, in September.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 22, 2023
Do you want Meta snooping in your closet with AI wearables?
AI wearable devices represent yet another intrusion into our privacy, allowing tech companies to learn even more about who we are — and what we might buy.
Left: A man protesting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games clashes with police on Aug. 8, 2021. Right: An AI-generated version of the photo to the left is included to show the difference between real and fake images in news reporting.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 11, 2024
Stranger than fiction: How AI threatens photojournalism
AI images will increasingly replace photos of real events in news reporting, posing an existential threat to photojournalism's accuracy and integrity.
An event for female coders in New York in 2013. Women’s full participation is key to ensure technologies like AI help bridge the gender gap.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 7, 2024
Now is our chance to govern AI for women’s empowerment
The pace of AI development may seem relentless, but there's still time to create safeguards to ensure that innovation doesn't perpetuate gender inequality.
The World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai in 2020
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 21, 2023
Human success means evolving with AI, not shunning it
Most future jobs will be hybrid, powered by human and artificial intelligence. The challenge lies in striking the right balance.
As artificial intelligence grows more sophisticated, transparency has taken a back seat and could harm its quality and safety.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 30, 2023
Secretive chatbot developers are making a big mistake
Before we can ponder existential threats of the new technology, Silicon Valley must be forced to disclose more about how their tools are created.
A lonely woman (Ayaka Nakagochi, left) develops romantic feelings for her personal care humanoid (Kosei Kudo) in “12 Months of Kai.”
CULTURE / Film
Jul 20, 2023
‘12 Months of Kai’: When Prince Charming is too perfect to be real
Mutsuki Kameyama’s sci-fi romance about a woman who falls in love with a handsome humanoid delves into the difficulties of “unconventional” relationships.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 8, 2022
AI panned my screenplay. Can it crack Hollywood?
Artificial intelligence hopes to bring science to picking movie winners in a business long run by gut instinct.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 26, 2022
Implementation, not innovation, is the key to economic success
Innovation has been the main driver of long-term economic growth since the Industrial Revolution. But in today's day and age, diffusion of new technologies separates winners from losers.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 29, 2022
AI’s next big thing is ‘fake’ data
Strange as it may sound, the growth of fake data is a step in the right direction, and not just because it avoids using people's personal data.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Jan 13, 2022
Can the 'uncanny valley' help us in a future 'metaverse'?
The phenomenon of creepiness that comes with certain humanoid creations could work to defend us against the negative possibilities of a virtual world, scientists say.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Aug 5, 2021
How Japan has tapped into the history of innovation at the Olympics
From electric vehicles to 5G wireless technology, Japanese technology is being showcased to the world at the Games.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 1, 2021
Building a democratic high-tech alliance
Russian President Vladimir Putin is absolutely right: “Whoever becomes the leader in this (artificial intelligence) sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 16, 2020
Should we let algorithms make life-and-death decisions?
Nature does not optimize; it co-evolves. It performs much better than human society in terms of sustainability and circular supply networks.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 8, 2020
Remote-controlled robots to join FamilyMart’s workforce this summer
Created by Tokyo-based robotics firm Telexistence, FamilyMart workers will be able to control the robots from afar to help stock shelves.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 7, 2020
Sushi meets AI: Japanese inventor's app scopes out choice tuna cuts
Grading software promises to make life easier for buyers of tuna worldwide.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 3, 2019
Why worry about automation?
Historical evidence shows that labor-replacing technological innovation does not lead to long-term changes in employment and unemployment rates in industrial countries.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 6, 2019
Japan lags in AI use and internet literacy
The speed of change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is extremely high, and Japan is falling behind.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Jun 8, 2019
Yummy Sake Collective: A new pairing of blind tasting and AI tech
Yummy Sake Collective has a solution for people who struggle to identify what sake they like: An AI-powered app, used in conjunction with a blind tasting, to help determine flavor preferences.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan