DWIH Coffee Talk: The latest in research and innovation from Germany and Japan

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The DWIH Coffee Talk is a series of one-hour web talks in which experts from Japan and Germany discuss in a relaxed atmosphere important topics related to the fields of innovation and research in both countries.

DWIH Coffee Talk #6 (December 6, 2021): The Ethics of AI

Autonomous driving, industrial production, medical diagnosis, stock market investments, warfare – Artificial Intelligence is penetrating and revolutionizing countless aspects of our lives right down to selecting which TV program to watch. Its use and impact however raise questions of responsibility and morality: How is AI affecting our societies? How trustworthy are AI-based systems? Where should we set limits?

The sixth DWIH Coffee Talk will focus on the ethics of AI. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD) is in discussion with Prof. Dr. Shoko Suzuki (Kyoto University / RIKEN) and Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid (University of Bamberg), together they set out to explore the ethical questions involved in the use of artificial intelligence and to examine how recent research can help us fathom the social, economic, as well as environmental impact and create guiding principles.


DWIH Coffee Talk #5 (October 4, 2021): Our Hydrogen Future

The DWIH Coffee Talk #5 took a close look at Germany’s and Japan’s national hydrogen strategies and at current hydrogen energy projects in both countries. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD Research and Studies) was in conversation with Prof. Dr. Christian Sattler (German Aerospace Center (DLR) / TU Dresden) and Prof. Dr. Tatsuya Kodama (Niigata University), together they examined the promises and challenges of a hydrogen-based future and opportunities for German-Japanese research and development collaboration.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/sBUN0bhgLXU

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/q5L-JoFj_PA

Podcast (English): Anchor / iTunes / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here:  www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/2021-10-04-coffeetalk5/

DWIH Coffee Talk #4 (July 6, 2021): Neuroscience and AI: Human Learning, Memory, and Decision-Making

The DWIH Coffee Talk #4 took a closer look at the two-way relationship between neuroscience and AI. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) was in conversation with Dr. Nicolas Schuck (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) and Dr. Mingbo Cai (International Research Center for Neurointelligence at Tokyo University). Together they discussed the basic processes underlying learning, memory, and decision-making, how recent research in neuroscience can help improve AI systems, and whether artificial intelligence will be smarter than human intelligence at some point.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/ckXwFnuKChQ

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/Zgl–aB3Ns0

Podcast (English): Anchor / iTunes / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk4

DWIH Coffee Talk #3 (May 11, 2021): Family Business in Changing Times

In the DWIH Coffee Talk #3, moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) met three experts on family business and economics in Germany and Japan – Dr. Sigrun Caspary of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU), Prof. Toshio Goto of the Japan University of Economics, and Prof. Masahiro Nagata of Reitaku University. Together they explored the role family companies play in the German and Japanese economies, how it is changing, and the potential the family business model holds for the future.

Recording  (English): https://youtu.be/DNAI_UJk8aI

Recording  (Japanese): https://youtu.be/EcnDZehvYro

Podcast (English):  Anchor / iTunes / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk3

DWIH Coffee Talk #2 (April 6, 2021): The Future of Work: New Technologies and the Workplace

In the DWIH Coffee Talk #2, four joint German-Japanese research networks of the “Future of Work” campaign by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presented the potential of new technologies that are changing the way we work and all other aspects of society. The virtual café was getting busy when moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) welcomed several members from the research networks to discuss the implications for manufacturing and production, small and medium size industries, and care for the elderly.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/odiMtXzT6p4

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/N70AkOO7Dt0

Podcast (English):  Anchor / iTunes / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk2

DWIH Coffee Talk #1 (March 9, 2021): Japan's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan - Opportunities for German Research

In the DWIH Coffee Talk #1, moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) was in conversation with Fumikazu Sato (Japanese Cabinet Office) and Dr. Lothar Mennicken (German Embassy Tokyo). Together they explored the goals of the new Basic Plan, the course it sets for the Japanese research landscape, and the potential it brings for joint German-Japanese research projects.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/sNZUOQe3smQ

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/UIJ5_7MXKzc

Podcast (English): AnchoriTunes / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk1