Business Development & Roboethics
A Japanese Entrepreneur’s Perspective
By Naho Kitano
November 2, 2017
While the Japanese concept of rinri is translated into English as ‘ethics’, basic ethics and rinri are conceptually different. This is natural given Japanese and Western societies fundamentally differ on cultural, philosophical and historical fronts.
At a time where the ubiquitous participation of robots in society is fast becoming a reality, how should we be ‘ethically’ adapting these new technologies for society? Robot sociologist and entrepreneur Naho Kitano proposes a humanities-based approach to answer this question, based on her extensive experience gained through launching and developing robotics business ventures in Japan.
Part of our Human Meets Robot talk event series, running from September 21 to November 2, 2017.
ABOUT NAHO KITANO
Robot sociologist Naho Kitano acquired her Masters at Waseda University. She wrote extensively on robot ethics before founding robotics firm Hibot Corp in 2004. Serving as Representative Director from 2009-2014, Kitano succeeded in growing HiBot Corp into one of Japan’s most well-known robotics startups.
Since stepping down from her role at HiBot Corp, Kitano has embarked on two new roles: one as a researcher for a government technology venture in robot ethics and business development at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the other as executive officer for new venture ASUKOE Partners, Inc. advising on AI and public service business development.
6:30pm-7.30pm (doors open 6pm)
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Free. Bookings essential.
Like a Person – Humanoid Robots in Performance
By Dr Elena Knox
September 21, 2017 (Thursday)
6:30pm–7:30pm (doors open 6pm)
The Future of AI in the Arts
By Prof Takashi Ikegami
October 3, 2017 (Tuesday)
6pm–7pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Robot as Companion
By Tomomi Ota
Short interview with Dr Yuji Sone will follow talk
October 12, 2017 (Thursday)
6:30pm–8pm (doors open 6pm)
(02) 8239 0055
Top image: Hibot Corp’s Amphibious snake-like robot ACM-R5H (photo courtesy of Hibot Corp).