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2021 THEME: Ethics & Tech
We live in an era of interconnectedness and technological advancement, where digital breakthroughs impact every aspect of modern life. A new wave of information technology – represented by artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data analysis – has begun to permeate our daily lives more extensively than ever before. Individuals have access to an unprecedented amount of information, yet personal data flows to private companies and state actors. From the ways in which we conduct our social lives and shape our workplace to our capacity to manage our health, innovation must be guided by ethically robust choices. How do we ensure that the technologies we create respond to pressing societal and economic challenges? What actions are necessary in order to maintain people’s privacy and rights in a world defined by data-sharing? What policies can we adopt to improve human wellbeing through technology?
Join the UK-Japan Student Conference on "Ethics and Technology" to undertake a comparative analysis of the countries' management of their respective technological future. We will explore topical themes with global relevance, including the ethics of privacy and data, technology and politics, healthcare in cyberspace, and digital freedom, amongst many other topics.
Past UK-JP Speakers
Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker, founding member of The School of Life and Empathy Museum, and author who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox, and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages. He discussed his new book, How To Be a Good Ancestor, with UK-JP participants, addressing our limited collective capacity for long-term thinking.
Koko Kondo is a Hiroshima survivor, having been exposed to the nuclear bomb at 8 months. Only an infant at the time the bomb was dropped, her life was affected long after it had detonated. Many hid their survivor status to avoid discrimination. The novelty of the bomb and public ignorance about its effects created a fertile ground for fear. She broke her silence to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapons, becoming a peace advocate and urging UK-JP participants to create a nuclear-free world.
Migration and Labour Rights
Pablo de Orellana
Pablo de Orellana is an inter-disciplinary scholar on diplomacy, nationalism, the relationship between art and conflict, and a lecturer at King’s College London. He delivered an interactive talk on the "Transition of Nationalism in Japan" with a unique mix of political philosophy, literary analysis, history, and aesthetics.
Takehiko Kariya is Professor of the Sociology of Japanese Study at the University of Oxford, having taught at the University of Tokyo for two decades. His research focuses on the sociology of education, educational and social policies, and social changes in postwar Japan. With him, UK-JP participants identified the poverty-education link and examined solutions to break the intergenerational chain of deprivation in Japan, in the context of a declining birthrate and an aging population.
*Please note that the times above refer to the BST time zone.