Tokyo statement

Cooperation for Beneficial AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to be one of the most transformative technologies in human history. Wherever it is developed, its impacts will soon be global. This means that the challenges of ensuring that it is beneficial are challenges for us all.

We urge that these challenges be addressed in a spirit of cooperation, not competition. Our collective task should be to ensure that AI contributes to sustainable human flourishing across the world. It should be demonstrably safe, reliable and robust, and should be developed in alignment with the values of the communities in which it will be deployed.

These goals call for wide collaboration on the development and deployment of AI, both within and between the societies of the world. This collaboration needs to be broadly-based, with the participation of a diverse range of institutions and individuals, from civil society, industry, academia and the policy sector.

Most importantly of all, the collaboration needs to be global. AI will have profound effects on every culture and nation, and all cultures and nations should have a voice in how it is developed and used. AI has the potential to be one of the greatest achievements of our human species. To do it well we must do it together.


Tokyo Statement in Chinese.

If you would like to sign the Tokyo Statement, please complete this form. There is an opportunity to add comments. Email addresses will not be made public.

The list of signatories from Beneficial AI Tokyo (participants and ‘near miss’ participants):

  • Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Director, Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Research Center, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Huw Price, Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge, UK
  • Ryota Kanai, Founder and CEO, Araya, Inc., Japan
  • Ayako Fukui, Strategic Initiative Consultant, Araya, Inc., Japan
  • Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder, CSER and FLI, UK
  • Shahar Avin, Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, UK
  • Naoki Mitsumoto, DENSO Corp., Japan
  • Hiroshi Nakagawa, Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Sean O hEigeartaigh, Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Arisa Ema, Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Hyo-eun Kim, Professor, Hanbat National University, Korea
  • Masato Hoshino, Chief Engineer, Cooperative Intelligence, Honda R&D co., ltd., Japan
  • Yuichi Konishi, Chairman, Progress Technologies, Inc., Japan
  • Dr Andrew A. Adams, Deputy Director, Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Japan
  • Hideaki Takeda, Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Keiichiro Hoashi, Senior Manager, Intelligent Media Laboratory, KDDI Research Inc., Japan
  • Vlado Buzek, Professor, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
  • Hiroshi Yamakawa, AI Researcher, The Whole Brain Architecture Initiative, Japan
  • Naoki Kamimaeda, Partner in charge of AI & Cyber Security, Global Brain Corporation, Japan
  • Olga Afanasjeva, COO, GoodAI, Czech Republic
  • Hideo Suda, Chief Senior Researcher, Space & Environment Institute, Mitsuifudosan Co., Ltd, Japan
  • Tsuneko Aoki, General Manager, Investment Department No. 3, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Assistant Professor, FRIS, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Takenori Hara, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Hiroto Nakajima, Principal Investigator, Nikkei Inc., Japan
  • Nobuyoshi Tanaka, Senior Staff, Corporate Strategy Division, TANAKA SEIMITSU KOGYO CO., LTD., Japan
  • Keizo Ogawa, Fujitsu Research institute, Japan
  • Kazushi Yoshida, Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Fujibo Holding, Inc, Japan
  • Yukiko Horikawa, Research Engineer, ATR, Japan
  • Song Bing, Director, Berggruen Institute China Center, China
  • Dr Beth Singler, Research Associate, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and the Centre for the Future of Intelligence, UK
  • Yang Liu, Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Mio Kawamoto, Manager, Corporate Planning Department, JTB Corp., Japan
  • Danit Gal, Yenching Fellow, Yenching Academy, Peking University, China
  • Marek Rosa, CEO, GoodAI, Czech Republic
  • Francesca Rossi, Distinguished Research Scientist, IBM, US
  • Yasuhiro Taniguchi, Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Stephen Cave, Executive Director, CFI, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Hideaki SHIROYAMA, Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Kohei Harada, Managing Director, Araya, Inc., Japan
  • Toyoaki Nishida, Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Yoshihide Kawamura, Managing Director, Technology Development, Fujibo Ehime Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Takehiro OHYA, Professor, Keio University Faculty of Law, Japan
  • Chihyung Jeon, Assistant Professor, KAIST, Korea
  • Akira Sakakibara, CTO, Microsoft Japan, Co. Ltd., Japan
  • Koichi Takahashi, Principal Investigator, RIKEN, Japan
  • Fumiko Kudo, Visiting Researcher, Makaira KK, Japan
  • Kelly Kim, General Counsel, Open Net Korea, Korea
  • Satoshi Saito, Director of sponsorship planning and activation, GMR Tokyo, Japan
  • Takeshi Izaki, Director, NVIDIA, Japan
  • Luba Elliott, AI Curator,, UK
  • Masaaki Matsuhashi, Managing Executive Officer, SEVEN BANK, Japan
  • Shashi Jayakumar, Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore
  • Osamu Sakura, Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Motokiyo Hirayama, Manager, Digital Transformation Division, MUFG, Japan
  • Kense Todo, PhD candidate , Tokyo institute of technology, Japan
  • John C. Havens, Executive Director, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, US
  • Victoria Krakovna, Research Scientist, DeepMind, UK
  • Kazuto Ataka, Chief Strategy Officer, Yahoo Japan Corporation, Japan
  • Martina Kunz, PhD candidate , University of Cambridge, UK
  • Toni Erskine, Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen Institute, US

Public signatories:

  • Patrick Lin Philosophy professor Cal Poly / Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group USA
  • Roman V. Yampolskiy Professor University of Louisville USA
  • Vincent Conitzer Professor Duke University USA
  • Junpei Zhong Researcher AIST Japan
  • Kenji Matsumoto Professor Tamagawa University Japan
  • Denny Britz Research Scientist Prediction Machines Japan
  • Charubutr Asavaroengchai Data scientist Omise Thailand
  • Ildefons Magrans de Abril Senior researcher ARAYA, Inc. Japan
  • Phuc Tri Nguyen Student SOKENDAI Department of Informatics VIETNAM
  • Lisandro Kaunitz Project Manager Progress Technologies Inc Japan
  • Shagun Sodhani Researcher and MS Student MILA, University of Montreal Canada
  • Ken Mishima Vice President, eCommerce Strategy i.JTB Japan
  • Daniela Dentico Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
  • Jose Hernandez-Orallo Professor Universitat Politecnica de Valencia Spain
  • Anthony Aguirre Professor of Physics UC Santa Cruz/Future of Life Institute USA
  • Erfan Noury PhD Student University of Maryland, Baltimore County USA
  • Naoyuki Sakai Highroad Consulting Japan
  • David Kristoffersson Project Manager Independent Sweden
  • Himiko Koseki non-affiliated Japan
  • Dana S.Scott Prof. Emeritus Carnegie Mellon University USA
  • Masashi Sugiyama Director/Professor RIKEN/The University of Tokyo Japan