Joi Ito's Bio

(Full name is Joichi Ito or 伊藤穰一)

Bio blurb as of November 22, 2018

Joichi "Joi" Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and scholar focusing on the ethics and governance of technology, tackling complex problems such as climate change, societal inequity and redesigning the systems that support scholarship and science. As director of the MIT Media Lab and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he supports researchers at the Media Lab to deploy design, science, and technology such AI, cryptography, and synthetic biology to transform society in substantial and positive ways.

Together with The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Ito teaches Principles of Awareness, a class devoted to exploring the contribution that awareness and focus can bring to the creative process.

Ito is a member of the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School, where he and Professor Jonathan Zittrain teach The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence.

Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and was previously the board chair and chief executive of Creative Commons. He serves on the boards of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The New York Times Company. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage and helped establish and later became CEO of the country's first commercial Internet service provider.

Ito also was an early investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, littleBits, Optimus Ride, FormLabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter.

In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters from The New School in New York City in 2013 and two years later, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tufts University. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal.

He earned a PhD from Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2018 for his thesis, The Practice of Change, which is being edited into a book to be published by MIT Press. He serves as a distinguished researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC's Internet and Society Laboratory.

Ito is co-author with Jeff Howe of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, December 2016), and he writes a monthly column for WIRED magazine.

Japanese Bio:

伊藤穰一は、MITメディアラボ所長。MIT Media Arts and Science 実務教授。株式会社デジタルガレージ共同創業者で取締役。PureTech Health取締役会議長。The New York Times、Knight財団、MacArthur財団のボードメンバー。 ソニー株式会社戦略顧問。金融庁参与。金融庁「フィンテック・ベンチャーに関する有識者会議」委員。東京2020(東京オリンピック・パラリンピック競技大会)有識者懇談会委員。慶応義塾大学SFC研究所主席所員。PSINet Japan、デジタルガレージ、Infoseek Japanなど多数のインターネット企業の創業に携わる他、エンジェル投資家としてもこれまでに、 Twitter, Wikia, Flickr, Kickstarter, Path, littleBits, Formlabs 等を初めとする有望ネットベンチャー企業を支援している。2008年米国Business Week誌にて「ネット上で最も影響力のある世界の25人」、2011年米国Foreign Policy誌にて「世界の思想家100人」、2011年、2012年共に日経ビジネス誌にて「次代を創る100人」に選出。2011年英オクスフォード 大学インターネット研究所より特別功労賞受賞。2013年米大学機構The New Schoolより名誉博士号(文学博士)を受位。2014年SXSW(サウスバイサウスウェスト)インタラクティブフェスティバル殿堂入り。2014年米Academy of AchievementよりGolden Plate Award受賞。2015年米タフツ大学より名誉博士号(文学博士)を受位。2017年米Industrial Research InstituteよりIRI Medal受賞。2017年「9プリンシプルズ-加速する未来で勝ち残るために」(早川書房)共著。

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