RESEARCH

My PhD dissertation disrupts the utopian/dystopian thinking about artificial intelligence by mapping out seven dimensions of risk, then challenges fatalism about the inevitability of AI disaster by exploring how more democratic governance can help mitigate risk and avert catastrophe. You can read about it here or see me talk about it here.

 

I also study the history of AI in Japan and the USA.

 

 I'm interested in social intelligence, democratic theory, and the intentional steering of technological evolution toward meaningful human futures.

Writing

EDUCATION

2019     PhD

Science & Technology Studies Dept., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

2015     MS

Science & Technology Studies Dept., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

2008     BA

Japanese Literature & Language; Media Studies; Vassar College

SKILLS

Japanese Language

fluent speaker, excellent reader, skilled writer

2012     Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level 1 (JLPT N1)

2011     Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level 2 (JLPT N2)

 

Professional Translation

Japanese to English translation of over 60 scientific abstracts and articles.

Areas of expertise: artificial intelligence, biology, ecology, history, literature, neuroscience, philosophy, social sciences, robotics

 

Zen Buddhist Monk

2018 Completed Summer Ango (Intensive Training)

2012 Ordained in Japanese Soto Zen

Some people may say that man’s moral influence will suffice to rule them; but I cannot think it will ever be safe to repose much trust in the moral sense of any machine.

Samuel Butler, Erewhon (1872)