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RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Society Team

Team Leader: Shoko Suzuki (Litt.D.)

Research Summary

Shoko  Suzuki(Litt.D.)

Artificial intelligence and other forms of information technology have advanced rapidly in recent years. This has led to both excessive expectations for this technology and at the same time given rise to questions about how to relate to more humanlike artifacts, and fears about the possibility that technology that might acquire not only emotions and intuitions but also consciousness, leading to increasing anxiety and an unfounded sense of crisis that machines may come to dominate or destroy human society. There is an urgent need to develop an ethical foundation for continued coevolution with technology through coexistence and symbiosis with things and machines, while retaining an appropriate awe of technology. Amidst the rapid advancement of information technology, there is a need to reexamine the limits and possibilities of human intelligence. This team aims to develop a platform for a comprehensive ethics that will redefine human nature and make it possible for human beings and technology to continue to coevolve together.

Research Subjects

  • Examining the relationship between human beings and AI-technology
  • Redefinition of “Humanity”
  • Developing a new ethical model with a particular focus on AI ethics

Main Research Fields

  • Humanities & Social Sciences

Related Research Fields

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosopy/Ethics
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociology of Science


  • Ontology
  • Philosophy of Sense
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Human interface
  • Development of Capability/ Policy of Education

Selected Publications

Papers with an asterisk(*) are based on research conducted outside of RIKEN.

  • 1. Suzuki, Shoko.:
    "Redefining Humanity in the Era of AI – Technical Civilization"
    Paragrana-Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie,Vol.29(1),pp.83-93 (2020)
  • 2. Suzuki, Shoko.:
    "'Takt' for Professionals to use AI technology- Practical knowledge that enables deep consideration and immediate judgement"
    Medical Science Digest Vol.146(4),pp.56-58 (2020)
  • 3. Suzuki, Shoko.:
    "Etoku and Rhythms of Nature"
    Joan R. Resina/Christoph Wulf (ed.) "Repetition,Recurrence,Returns", Lexington Books,Lanham/New York/London,pp.131-146 (2019).
  • 4. *Shoko Suzuki/Chr. Wulf.:
    "Auf dem Weg des Lebens – West- östliche Meditation"
    Logos Verlag; Berlin,pp.1- 129 (2013)
  • 5. *Suzuki, Shoko.:
    "Takt in Modern Education"
    Waxmann; Münster/New York,pp1- 177 (2010)


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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Shoko Suzuki
Team Leader

Contact Information

Email: shoko.suzuki.ue [at] riken.jp