TV as an Organizer

  I participated in the event called, "BACKSTAGE". At the gorgeous venue called Toranomon Hills.
The guide states, "A organizers summer festival by organizers, for organizers.”

  I was asked to host a session called "content with experience value" newly launched by TV stations.
The speakers were Daisuke Ishii of TBS TV, Nippon TV's Hiroo Hara, and Fuji TV’s Hideaki Hashimoto. These are the young representatives leading this event on  experience value as a television station.

 Mr. Ishii of TBS is the older brother of TBS’s sports announcer Tomohiro Ishii. The brothers have released a CD with the women's wrestling champion Saori Yoshida, called "Wake up". I am unable to explain anymore than that. But he also manages the planning of drone races, and planes BMX competitions. He is also a student in the KMD doctoral program.

  Nippon TV’s Mr. Hara produced the TV program SENSORS, a program distributed by hulu, that brings technology to TV. Fuji's Mr. Hashimoto, in addition to VR projects for Cirque du Soleil and DMM, he is also involved in live idol entertainment in Odaiba,.

 Roughly speaking, TBS = Sports, Nippon TV = Technology, and Fuji TV= Entertainment. The previously conformist Japanese commercial broadcasting industry, is enhancing its own original ideas with diverse strategies, and young producers are popping up out from the core business of the industry.

 After developing terrestrial digital broadcasting over 20 years, television stations are finally strengthening their shift to the internet. Meanwhile, the world is shifting all their weight into a transition from internet to live performances, from virtual to real. On the other hand, young creators are putting all of the energy into  live performances on TV stations and real interaction.

  In the United States, Hollywood also employs broadcasting stations, but in the case of Japan, the presence of television is considerable, and broadcasting looks after the production of films. Regardless of whether this is good or bad, it became that due to  historical and political circumstances. Events also show their presence by Odaiba, Shiodome, Akasaka, Roppongi, Shibuya, using the location of the TV station.

 Unlike when television was dominating, foreign capital in the internet has became stronger, so Japan's strategy is to make effective use rather than try to overthrow TV stations. Therefore, I am interested in how television stations will embark on their mission to emphasize the internet + real events.

 While it is probably inevitable for TV stations to produce real live performances via a virtual service as their main subject, it is also risky. So they are working with diverse subjects with a focus on the society. Broadcasters have traditionally been self-oriented, independent of the value chain of the economy, but they seem to have become a member of society at last.

  Even though there was so much money spent on terrestrial digital broadcasting, people use smartphones to watch videos, and this interactive television, or social television is already transitioning to the next stage. So how will television broadcasters unite with social media and smartphones in order to return to their main business? Or will they do something else entirely? These questions are weighing heavy on them.

 Television was a virtual advertising business. But it is breaking into a multi-faceted business focused on reality. They have change from a self-centered model to a model based on cooperation with others. However, the wil make full use of their production power, radio wave software, and hardware assets. The young people working in television are brimming with confidence.

  How will each producer plan for the opening ceremonies of Tokyo 2020? I will ask about that next time.


Is Blockchain a Revolution? -2

 Blockchains are difficult to understand. That is because the blockchain is a complex of underlying technologies such as P2P, asymmetric key cryptography, cryptographic hash function, smart contracts etc., so the organization is hard to understand compared to the net.

  This book says that Airbnb and uber are businesses with handling charges due to the concentration of information, and if you use blockchain each member can bypass the organization and can operate on its own initiative. We can also bypass taxi companies, and hotels, as well as sharing economy businesses. But it’s unclear whether this is not possible without using a blockchain?

 The "autonomous agent" that appears in this book refers to hiring people and robots, everyday decision making to their programming, automatically executing transactions and payment with smart contracts. I am counting on this. However,  for that reason, I want to know what makes blockchain an inevitability.

 Various innovations are brought about by IoT, such as automated transportation, infrastructure management, and the optimization of agriculture etc. I am also counting on this. However, I feel like IoT and P2P are almost achievable, and I want to clarify how this is related to blockchains.

  Open data is also mentioned. By putting government data on the blockchain, it will be possible to obtain higher efficiency in utilization and confidence. I am especially counting on this, but I cannot explain exactly what will happen, so I'd like to try and understand it better somehow

 While exciting, I guess you could say that I cannot quite understand or get a feel for blockchain?
So, I think I would like to try it.

  The E-government of Estonia also appears in this book. Using a blockchain, they gave a digital ID to the people, and things such as tax payment, banking system, transportation use, school grades management, medical records information were all digitized.  I want such a touch feeling.

 The book says that Estonia’s blockchain e-government has made it possible for companies to be established in 20 minutes. In collaboration with Eltes which is trying to develop that technology in Japan, and consultations with Eltes have begun to determine whether
a special startup zone can be created in CiP, Pop Tec special zone. I think I will touch it.

  In addition, this book, with respect to the music ecosystem, suggests that artists receive rewards in micropayments transparently and in real time. This is also being advanced under the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and PopTec Special Economic Zone in order to advance an artist ID + database construction  named “artist commons.”

  In my usual way, I plan to involve myself in these efforts, with an excited outlook, while ascertaining the possibilities, and taking action.


Is Blockchain a Revolution? -1

  Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott.

 Blockchain technology as typified by bitcoin has been a revolution comparable to the development of the internet, and is highly anticipated.

 A registry supported by the P2P network that records all transactions worldwide. It is also called "distributed model register" technology.

 They say that in contrast to the internet for information, blockchain is the Internet of "value and money", it is a trusted protocol. Distribution, public, high security are the key points.

 With smart contracts, open networked enterprises will become mainstream in the future. Government will also be open, the influence of for profit organizations will decline, leading to a more honest and transparent politics. Even if the creator does not look after the industry, receive can receive compensation for their work. Or so its is said that.

 All transactions will be completed individually, and if we extrapolate based on the assumption of a “decentered” world with no mediation at its core, nations and businesses will no longer be necessary.

 MIT media laboratory director Itou Joi president formed a digital currency initiative, by gathering together universities and research institutions around the world, and assembled a consortium of the world's leading banks, regarding finance and currency the trend  will continue to spread.

  The block chain is about the Internet in 1994, we can predict the how it will develop from here on.

  And I'm talking about hearing, because I do not understand how far I am still skeptical. While anticipating extraordinarily large possibilities, it lacks a sense of touch. It is because my understanding is poor, but the core of technology and the real image that it draws may not be solid.

  With the internet in 1994, the feeling of wonder was amazing. Previous communications were technologically overthrown, and brought with it overwhelming cost reduction. International calls which were 500 yen a minute became free. There was an explosion of communication, and an advance in the democratization of expression. All information is converted into data, and integrated contents are distributed on multiple devices.

  As a result, autonomous decentralization and democratization advanced, creation and dissemination of video and audio expression progressed, Atom = the space of reality is expanded into bits, new businesses are born, that kind of perspective is depicted. Furthermore, it was in 98 that we learned the that the bit advanced to the atom bia IoT. We could see the prospect of P2P advancing  to M2M soon.

  Compared to that, the impact of blockchain is still difficult to grasp. Although it is understood that bitcoin, as one of its technical applications, serves as a means to send money and a new kind of currency,  the essence of how blockchains will spread and be applied to all all areas remains at the abstract level even in this book.