Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry releases a presentation
by Dr. Vijay Kumar, a strategic advisor for DI,
from a meeting of the Industrial Structure Council’s
New Industrial Structure Committee on July 14, 2016
Dr. Vijay Kumar, a strategic advisor for DI, gave a presentation at the July 14, 2016 Followup Meeting of the New Industrial Structure Committee, which operates as part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Industrial Structure Council. After the meeting, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry posted Dr. Kumar’s presentation materials on its website.
Dr. Kumar made the following observations in his presentation.
(1) As the pace of technological innovation continues to accelerate, the costs of computers, sensors, and other components has started to fall. Thanks to structures currently taking shape, people will soon be able to benefit from new technologies on a global scale.
(2) Innovation is happening across the globe; without a sufficient base of human resources, groups will not even be able to compete in the world market.
(3) The process of getting “people” and “machines” to “cooperate”—automated driving, for example—is much more difficult than people imagine it to be. “People” are still a mystery to us, just as “machines” are.
(4) We will soon be on the verge of sweeping social changes and challenges in privacy, security, safety, and work styles, which will make network science and other new fields of study increasingly important.
(5) The key right now is to maintain a constant, unwavering focus on research, development, and industrialization without placing too many expectations on the future or getting unnecessarily pessimistic about progress.
“The idea of ‘big data’ is starting to take on a life of its own,” Dr. Kumar said during his presentation. “Just because you have ‘big data,’ however, doesn’t mean that you have ‘knowledge.’ We need to remember that ‘big data and big intelligence aren’t the same thing,’” he said, crystallizing his take on the current conditions.
The New Industrial Structure Committee meeting also featured presentations by Dr. Daniela Rus (Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory [CSAIL] at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt, who both presented alongside Dr. Kumar at the July 13 (Wed.) executive seminar that DI co-sponsored with the electronic edition of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The presentations by Dr. Rus and Dr. Pratt are also available on the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website.
■Available online at the Official Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website
Followup Meeting of the New Industrial Structure Committee, part of the Industrial Structure Council (July 14, 2016) Information and materials
■ More on the Followup Meeting of the New Industrial Structure Committee, part of the Industrial Structure Council
The Industrial Revitalization Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau organizes Followup Meetings, where members work to address the transformative forces of the IoT, big data, artificial intelligence, and other advances by formulating a shared, public-private vision and discussing how the private and public sectors need to respond.
For the Followup Meeting on July 14, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry asked DI to arrange for Dr. Kumar, Dr. Rus, and Dr. Pratt to give a special session for the participants.
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Dr. Vijay Kumar (Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Vijay Kumar, who received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University in 1987, specializes in robotics, multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles.
A prominent member of the robotics community, Dr. Kumar has given a TED Talk (“Robots that fly … and cooperate,” March 2012) to glowing reviews and developed connections with Kmel Robotics and numerous other drone-related startups.
In addition to working on the editorial committees for a wide variety of journals, including IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Dr. Kumar has also served as a science advisor for the White House (United States).
(Dr. Kumar was the Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2012 to 2014.)
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