New Edition: Creating a Super Free Society 8 - Super Free-Time Killing Strategies

■New Edition: Creating a Super Free Society 8 - Super Free-Time Killing Strategies

 Part of my recent work, "New Edition: Creating a Super Free Society After COVID-19 - The Age of Cats" is revealed below. 

 From Chapter 4, "Super Free-Time Killing Strategies".


○ No more school.

 Here's the exam question.

 What, you haven't heard of it? No, because this is my class. Chico will scold you if you sleep through life. 

 Question: What is your strategy for killing super-free time?

 I'll give you a little hint.

 COVID-19 is gone. Perhaps you are allowed to live with others. You settle into a hybrid, new-normal life. The world will look different than it did before COVID-19. The humans that survive should have evolved. We have learned that the unexpected can overtake the earth. We have learned that no amount of power, no amount of knowledge, no amount of open-mindedness can solve or save us just like that. And we have realized that these kinds of things can happen again. And so, we live.

 Those who can survive in the future are those who can enjoy change. You never know what might happen. With the tech revolution of AI and robotics advancing at the same time, continuous change has also become built into the social economy. When the waves come at us, destroying in an instant everything which we have taken great pains to accumulate and prepare for, as they do, only those who can ride out those waves will be able to survive.

 Those who will survive are those who continue to learn. We will face unexpected situations. Problems that cannot be solved at all will arise. What you have learned, what you know, what you have figured out, will be uprooted and rejected. It happens! As such, only those who seek will survive.

 It is not a matter of ability. It is a matter of resolve.

You'll be free. Commuting to and from school and work will become much less necessary. We will no longer feel reluctant to get together. Living in cramped cities will become much less necessary. Life planning will become easier. You won't have to be tied down to one company. We can wear many hats (i.e. do many different things).

 I have been a nomad for a long time since leaving the government office 20 years ago. Since I moved to the United States with my first-generation VAIO and excellent PowerBook 2400c, I have been living on a laptop and the Internet. Deep in the mountains of Canada, at the edge of Argentina, in the hustle and bustle of Morocco, on a boat in the Mediterranean, on top of a mountain in Nepal. Wherever I have been, I have done my best to secure internet and a power source, and get by with a presence as though I were in Tokyo.

 The only thing that has changed through COVID-19 is that everyone around me has gone the same way (as me). Even now, I am writing this on my MacBook in the precincts of Shokoku-ji Temple in Kyoto, whilst connected to different meetings in Tokyo on both my iPhone and iPad. Everyone at the meeting is in a similar situation. 


 I have been involved with digital tech, and was in charge of telecommunications liberalization, and launching CATV and satellites. I promoted the government's AI projects, and created research laboratories. I was first in charge of Internet policy in Japan, and was involved in IoT and robotics development at MIT. I returned to Japan and took the initiative with digital signage, 4K8K, and open data.

I have also been involved with pop music. I originally wanted to be a musician and so have always been in the J-Pop industry. I promote the development of human resources and overseas expansion of manga and anime. I help develop video game consoles and smartphone games, and industrialize e-Sports. I use comedy as a teaching tool.

 A super free society is coming. The next mission is to integrate tech and pop and create a place where everyone can be free. Let's create a place where everyone can act boldly. One of the pillars is to create sports: e-Sports and superhuman sports. Another pillar is to create a place to enjoy them, train, and create. The city and the school.

 The city and the school. CiP and iU. We opened these two in 2020. We've finally managed to do it. We have just begun. We still have only the bones of them. It is from now that we have to put flesh and blood into them. We must eat, run, and train.

 After "Building" the bodies, the next step is "Connecting" them. Both CiP and iU can be connected. They will proliferate in Tokyo, nationally and internationally. We want to be a hub. iUs will likewise move out sideways like the way crabs move.

We have created an organization called "Learning of Tomorrow". It is an organization that promotes the integration of education and technology, chaired by Nanako Ishido, with Hiroshi Komiyama, former president of the University of Tokyo, as its president, and myself as its managing director. It is an all-star group of over 30 digital industry organizations in IT, software, content, etc., with affiliated enterprises reaching 8,000 companies. It is a new movement that aims to move into the next dimension of tech with things like AI, IoT, and data, having achieved its 10-year goal of institutionalizing digital textbooks, and having one PC per student at schools.

 iU will be a mighty participant and player here, and we want to spread the iU spirit. A small venture university is only a dot. We need to connect the dots to make them into lines, and connect the lines to make them into surfaces. There are many fashionable schools in Japan, with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita, being known for its high international standing.

We are discussing collaboration measures with President Haruaki Deguchi. We will also collaborate with other cutting edge high schools, such as DWANGO's N High School led by Takeshi Natsuno, and Zero High School started by Takafumi Horie and others. We want to create a community of outstanding schools and turn it into a platform for super-education.

Projects are also underway. There is entrepreneurship support. The action is called "Super Start Up School". In addition to iU, where everyone starts a business, there are of course many other schools that are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship. Ritsumeikan APU and N High School both have entrepreneurship clubs. Some schools, such as Tokyo University, Waseda-Keio, and technical colleges, etc., are integrating it into their education. We will create a school community, bringing together 100 schools. Then, match entrepreneurs, consultants, and VCs. We will advance with curriculums for education, and exit strategies, etc.

 e-Sports. "Super e-Sports School" was also launched. We are collaborating with JeSU, the Japan e-Sports Union. We will create a school community that includes schools from universities to elementary schools to bring together 100 schools. We will match competition organizers, professional players, and researchers, etc. We will advance with curriculums for education, and exit strategies, etc.

 Takuya Hirai, the first Digital Minister requested, "Please work with the Digital Agency and iU to develop the digital transformation of human resources." - You got it! We will jointly develop curriculums for working adults with the Digital Agency, and make them available to everyone. We have also received requests from local governments, such as Sumida Ward and Kyotango City, and we entered into an agreement to work on local human resource development.

iU is driving things forward. We are now envisioning a "School of the future" and an "i-research laboratory".

The "School of the Future" will be developed by mobilizing next-generation digital technologies such as 5G/6G, IoT, robots/drones, AI/data, 8K/VR/AR, etc., and implementing them on the campus. We will also connect this testbed model with other schools and other organizations and collaborate with them. We will connect multiple locations via 5G, and share images in 8K and VR whilst learning through the utilization of AI and robots. We will carry out mutual authentication of units between schools using blockchain.

Then the "i-research laboratory" will be established. It will be a lab where "Everyone will create an interesting future together", while focusing mainly on the digital field. It will be regarded as a participatory platform that connects universities, research institutes, local communities, and human resources from around the world. Focusing on the digital field, it will create a fusion of technology, design, business, and policy.

Rather than the enclosed, high-end academic research that universities have aimed for up until now, it will be an unprecedented research institution that is grounded on the characteristics of digital networks - ”Openness, decentralization, and participation". We will collaborate with 100 research laboratories from around the world, and set up labs around the world, whether they be virtual or real. The goal is to have 1 million researchers. Anyone from grandmothers to children can be a researcher. 

 We will overcome the boundaries of universities, and integrate with other schools to develop human resources. From kindergarten to graduate school, they will be jumbled together, and nurtured while playing. Professor Resnick of the MIT Media Lab, who developed "Scratch", advocates a "Lifelong Kindergarten". We want to implement this concept.

 Professor Noriyuki Yanagawa of the University of Tokyo proposes a system in which students do not wait to graduate from university, but instead start working, acquire a degree within 10 years, and then graduate. Yes, yes. Even if you go from high school to university, there is no reality in what you study, and you will instead realize what you need to study when you enter the workforce. If that is the case, it is better to get a job early and re-learn slowly. If you live for 100 years, you will live for more than 30 years after retirement, so you can study for 5 years and be active for 25 years. Such a university would be a good place for everyone to come.

 If you just want to study, you don't need school anymore. Everything is available all over the Internet. Advanced courses from all over the world are available, as are lessons for children. They can teach you games, sports, and even cooking. If all you want to do is teach, you don't need a university anymore. Schools need to be able to offer value that only schools can provide, or they will collapse.

Online learning materials and blockchain certification will be proof of your background of learning. Stanford computers, Harvard entrepreneurship, Oxford philosophy, Tsinghua AI, English from charismatic teachers at prep schools, and Fender guitar lessons. A list of having completed such courses is more valuable than a diploma from Keio University. Such a time is approaching.

My long-term goal is to eliminate schools. I want to smash the schools we don't need into pieces, and I want to be able to learn the way I want to learn. Toward this end, iU is working on bringing them down. That said, we want to be an important school that remains. Let's break it, let's make it. [Gakuen Tengoku] (Finger 5)

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