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Project GenZAI

Our Mission

GenZAI

Engaging with young people to create a global AI future

We're rapidly entering the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI). What will it look like? How will it shape our lives? How will we shape the future of AI? To understand our global AI future, we need to explore it through the lens of the people who will be at its forefront, the ones who will be the main users and beneficiaries of AI. They are today’s youth, starting from Generation Z (Gen Z). This is why we have launched Project GenZAI.

Project GenZAI is a global research project that aims to explore ways of moving towards a human first AI future through the lens of Gen Z. Reaching out to 10,000 youths in eight countries, it will conduct cross-cultural research into attitudes towards AI, the need for AI, robot design, the future of work, AI literacy, AI ethics, the risks of AI and the future of AI society 2050.

☆This project is a collaboration between the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, CFI (Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence) at the University of Cambridge, and the Stanford Social Media Lab, supported by the JST "Moonshot R&D Programs"

Our Aims

Aim. 1

To include diverse voices of young people to create a future AI society together, to understand both similarities and cultural differences in terms of AI for the benefit of society and to offer suggestions for a global strategy on AI and smart robots (design, function, positioning, etc.) .

Aim. 2

To create a global communication space for a future AI society where no one will be left behind and to debate the pressing issue of AI ethics.

Aim. 3

To raise cultural awareness among AI engineers by showing them how smart robots can fulfil various functions and roles in different cultures.

Aim. 4

To empower Gen Z with “smart wisdom” to maximize new opportunities whilst minimizing the risks in the age of AI.

Our Methodology

Step.1

Conducting cross-cultural research among 10000 young people in 8 countries

Step.2

Organizing an International symposium on AI for Social Good

Step.3

Conducting multi-site fieldwork on smart robots

Step.4

Creating a toolkit on AI literacy

Director’s Message

Creating a Human First AI Future in which nobody will be left behind.

This vision can be realized if the development of AI is characterized by “Human First Innovation”.

AI is a tool which can be utilized to support human goals and accomplishments. It is not AI but WE who will decide on how to create a better society in the future. AI can be directed towards achieving our Sustainable Development Goals. But to do so, we must move from “AI first” and “nation first” to “human first” innovation.

The Goal of this project is to contribute towards a vision of a future where human happiness takes center stage. The aim is to understand both the opportunities and the risks of AI and smart robots and to provide an inclusive global communicative space in order to create such a future together.

GenZAI (genzai) means “Now” in Japanese. It underscores the urgency of the project: the future of AI society in 2050 is happening right now.

Project GenZAI Director Toshie Takahashi, Ph.D.

Project GenZAI Director Toshie Takahashi, Ph.D.

Who are we?

Project GenZAI Director

  • Toshie Takahashi, Ph.D.

    Project GenZAI Director Professor, School of Culture, Media and Society; the Institute for AI and Robotics, Waseda University
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Research Collaborators

  • Lionel Brossi

    Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Society Hub and professor at the Institute of Communication and Image of the University of Chile [ICEI] , Director of the Artificial intelligence and Society Hub [IA+SIC]
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  • Ana María Castillo

    Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication and Image of the University of Chile [ICEI] , Director of the Artificial intelligence and Society Hub [IA+SIC]
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  • Stephen Cave, Ph.D.

    Dr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge
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  • Jeff Hancock

    Jeff Hancock is the founding director of the Stanford Social Media Lab and is Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication at Stanford University
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  • Daisuke Harashima

    Research Associate of the Future Robotics Organization at Waseda University
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  • Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

    Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh is Co-Director of, and was the founding Executive Director of, Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), an academic research centre focused on global risks associated with emerging technologies and human activity
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  • Yusuke Horikawa

    Research Associate of the Future Robotics Organization at Waseda University
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  • Huang Jieying

    Nanjing University, School of Journalism and Communication
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  • Shigeo Kawashima

    Affiliate Associate Professor, Future Robotics Organization, Waseda University
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  • Angela Lee

    PhD student in the Social Media Lab, Stanford University
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  • Dr. Sunny Xun Liu

    Dr. Sunny Xun Liu is an Associate Director of the Social Media Lab at Stanford
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  • Satoshi Narihara

    Associate Professor, Kyusyu University Faculty of Law
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  • Shen Qi

    Professor, School of Journalism and communication, Nanjing University, Shanghai Pujiang talents, High-level talents introduced from Nanjing University, Visiting scholar of Stanford University, Visiting scholar of China Research Center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Visiting scholar of mainland outstanding young scholars of City University of Hong Kong
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  • Loreto Sanchez

    Engineer, Independent Consultant, Workshop Teacher
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  • María T. Soto-Sanfiel (Maite)

    Associate Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media and Principal Researcher at the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community, both at the National University of Singapore
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  • Guan Xinyi

    School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University
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  • Liu Yiran

    School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University
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  • Research Student

    Professor Toshie Takahashi’s Media Research Group in Waseda University
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