Technology and Innovation: Robotics, Wearable Tech and the Internet

Technology has always had a unique role in improving efficiencies and driving economic growth. Robots, wearable technology, and the Internet of Things--these are but some of the areas where recent advances have drawn public attention. Especially when used in combination, these technologies have a multiplying impact that could transform today's business and society. How can these technological innovations be harnessed to raise productivity and provide widespread benefits across industries? What kind of business opportunities and entrepreneurship will they open up? How can the negative side effects of technological development be minimized? This session explores potential for new and emerging technologies in terms of their economic impact over the coming decade.

Benjamin Joffe
General Partner, HAX

Tadahiro Kawada
President, Kawada Industries, Inc.

Jun Murai
Dean/ Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

Hiroaki Kitano (Moderator)
President & CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

Come join us!

The 6th annual G1 Global will gather leaders from government, business and academia for networking and discussion on Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. This year's theme is "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable," based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator & former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing.

- G1 Global Conference 2016 -
19:00-22:00, Friday, October 21 at GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Fee: 40,000 JPY (Deadline Sept 15th)
Language: English.
Click here for the G1 Global Website. Register here.

Expected speakers include:
-David Asher, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
-Abigail Friedman, CEO, The Wisteria Group
-Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
-Nik Gowing, Visiting Professor, King’s College London & Nanyang University, Singapore; former BBC Broadcaster and Journalist
-Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
-Yoshito Hori, President, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
-Hiroaki Kitano, CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories
-Jesper Koll, CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan
-Taro Kono, Member, Japanese House of Representatives
-Hiromichi Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
-Meri Rosich, CMO, Marketing Business Intelligence, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc
-Timothy Langley, President & Representative Director, Langley Esquire
-Shinichi Takamiya, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, GLOBIS Capital Partners
-Mio Takaoka, Executive Director, Monex Group
-Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet
-Tak Umezawa, Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney

About this year's theme:
In June, the Brexit triggered an avalanche of events for which most leaders were unprepared: the resignation of UK PM Cameron, a possible second referendum on Scottish independence, and havoc in the global markets, not to mention the implications for immigration, business, and the world order.

Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom.

The Brexit was once "Unthinkable." To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan.

See here for details about Mr. Gowing's report.

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