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R&D That Contributes to Human Beings and Society
From the perspectives of physics and brain-science, the key to realizing future innovation is exploration with a comprehensive view of the world of nature, which consists of matter (energy) and information (entropy). With a special focus on human beings residing in the world of nature-homo sapiens, which acquired languages and symbols, the author (hereinafter, “I”) would like to consider the further evolution of homo sapiens. Science and technology with a high possibility of realization in the near future such as the formation of new intelligence based on brain-science,the production of life using artificial stem cell technology and human beings designed by gene editing have unprecedented significance. In other words,human beings are at an extraordinary point in the evolution of lifeforms.From this perspective, we need to consider the meaning of ethics, which is necessary in science and technology as well as business entities. At the same time, I would like to examine the R&D activities conducted by business corporations. Lastly, revisiting the significance of the vision of the Hitachi Group at its dawn, I would like to emphasize the current importance of establishing new ethical guidelines.
Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd. 1971: Graduated from the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo and joined the Department of Optical Instruments at Naka Works of Hitachi, Ltd. 1976:Submitted dissertation to the University of Tokyo,acquiring Ph.D. 2000: General Manager, Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. 2003: Senior Chief Scientist-Corporate Technology, Hitachi, Ltd.2004: Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd. Currently, Executive Vice President, Engineering Academy of Japan; Board member, International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS);Member, The Science Council of Japan (SCJ) (Cabinet Office); Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE); Honorable Professor, Southeast University; and a board member of various types of research institutes and research foundations in the United States, Europe and Australia, etc. He was Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, and the 55th President, The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry (JSAC). Created many new principles in such fields as the environment and medical care and made practical applications of such principles, contributing to society. Received many awards including the Okochi Prize (awarded three times in total) and the U.S. R&D100 Awards (or “Oscars of Innovation”) and IR100 awards. Recent publications include “Einstein-no gyaku-omega: No-no shinka-kara kyoiku-o kangaeru (Albert Einstein’s inverse omega: Considering education from the perspective of evolution of the brain) (Evolutionary Pedagogy)” (published by Bungeishunjyu Co.; received the Papyrus Award)