How will artificial intelligence resemble humans?
Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?
The HWIP is a program that brings together students majoring in information, biological, and cognitive sciences; the fields that is across these fields are called “Yugou” fields. My research field is this “Yugou” field. I applied for this program because I hoped to get a further understanding of the “Yugou” field by interacting with HWIP students to make my research advance in the right direction.
Q What is your expertise and how do you want to develop it with the program?
My research specialty is mathematical modeling of the human memory system. In addition to knowledge of mathematics and physics, knowledge of neurophysiology and psychophysics is also necessary to modeling of the human memory system. This research can be applied in artificial intelligence, so there is also relation with information engineering. Because of this wide range of knowledge required, I may not have as much understanding of each fields as those who specialize in them. Therefore, I hope that HWIP students who are knowledgeable in their respective fields inspire me, and conversely that I inspire them by talking about things from my point of view.
Q What are your future dreams and goals?
I’m engaged in this research because I’m interested in whether artificial intelligence will surpass humans. Even if it doesn’t surpass humans, how far will it be able to do the same thing as humans? I believe that human thinking works on the human memory system, and that it will be possible to create human-like artificial intelligence by modeling human memory. I would like to witness such a historical moment.