Skip to main content

Research & Development

(April 3, 2017)


AI is a mechanism for creating diversity

Kazuo Yano, Dr. Eng.(Corporate Chief Scientist, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.)

From a 20th century bound by uniform rules, to a 21st century society which adopts diversity and change. On the path to this "Super Smart Society," Hitachi is actively contributing with AI and data use. Kazuo Yano, leader of Hitachi's AI research and Chief Engineer of its Research & Development Group, explains how we will find meaning and happiness while working in the 21st century.

more details

Video lecture

chapter 1

"Leap learning" surpasses "supervised learning"

read in text

chapter 2

AI becomes useful when it is linked to real world data

read in text

chapter 3

Business is exactly what AI does best

read in text


Kazuo Yano, Dr. Eng.

Corporate Chief Scientist, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

Joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1984. In 1993, he achieved the world's first successful operation of single-electron memory at room temperature. Since 2004, he has taken the lead in wearable technology, as well as the collection and utilization of big data. His papers have been cited 2500 times, and he has 350 patent applications. The wearable sensor he developed, known as the "Business Microscope," has been described by the Harvard Business Review as a "historic wearable device." He is known for his specialist breadth and depth from AI to nanotechnology. His literary work, "Invisible Hand of Data: The Rule for People, Organizations, and Society Uncovered by Wearable Sensors" (Soshisha Publishing), was elected one of BookVinegar's 2014 10 Best Business Books. Dr. Yano has a doctorate in engineering, he is an IEEE Fellow, a visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a member of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Information Science and Technology Committee. He has been awarded many international awards, including the 2007 MBE Erice Prize, and Best Paper at the 2012 International Conference on Social Informatics.

(As at the time of publication)