19-20 November 2019

Roppongi Academyhills
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Japan 106-6149

SESSION | Future and The Arts:
How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow
Lifestyle and the Augmented Body

TALK BY Amy Karle:
Human Modification at the Dawn of the Biotech Era

Tuesday 19 November 2019 | Day 1  
13:30 – 17:30 (GMT+9)

in English with simultaneous Japanese translation

HOW WILL WE BE LIVING IN 20 YEARS? In the coming years, our lives will be shaped by scientific and technological progress, population growth and aging, urbanization, climate change, food and water supply issues, and an increasingly complex global political and economic landscape. What can we do today to prepare for this unpredictable future? What goals should we set? If we succeed, what sort of world awaits at the destination? United by a shared understanding of the importance of these issues, Innovative City Forum brings together global thought leaders in the fields of advanced technology, art, design, urban development, business and industries to exchange a diverse range of perspectives in multidisciplinary discussions centered around the theme of “designing the future for global cities and lifestyles”.



How will science and technology influence the ideologies of cities, architecture, lifestyles, health, communities, and societies? Along with fellow speakers, Amy Karle will present her work and engage in discussion on lifestyle and the augmented body. This talk compliments and includes exhibiting artists from the Mori Art Museum’s Exhibition: Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow  more at

ICF 2019 | Artist Amy Karle’s talk, “Human Modification at the Dawn of the Biotech Era”, begins around 1:20:20


SPEAKERS: Arina Tsukada(Curator/Editor) Hiroki Kuriyama(Member of the Board, Executive Vice President in charge of Strategic Business Development and 2020 Project, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) Mike Tyka(AI Artist/Engineer) Diemut Strebe(Artist) Yoichiro Miyake(Board Member, Digital Games Research Association Japan) Kohei Kikuchi (Puppet culture Researcher/Lecturer, Waseda University) Amy Karle(Artist/Designer/Futurist) Masahiro Kasuya(CEO, MELTIN MMI) Kosuke Fujishima(Astrobiologist/Synthetic Biologist)

ICF2019 | Fumio Nanjo “Future into Art” – Keynote Address 3

from ICF

MISSION: Designing the future for global cities and lifestyles

As the world’s population continues to increase, 55% (4.2 billion) lives in urban areas as of 2018 and is expected to increase to 68% (6.7 billion) by 2050, according to the United Nations’ 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 11 is to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Cities will be faced with a range of challenges such as population aging, environmental degradation, and strained food and energy supplies, etc. Meanwhile, scientific and technological development is also accelerating. It is possible that new approaches will see cities reformed, allowing them to overcome their challenges one by one. Even lifestyles themselves may be transformed. In particular, technologies such as AI, robotics, regenerative medicine, and genetic engineering may grant humanity’s wishes, and in the process give rise to new value systems and perspectives on the human experience. The choices we make today may determine whether or not our future is a favorable one. For that reason, it is critical that we examine all of these issues from a variety of perspectives, such as those of cities, societies, lifestyles, art, and culture, and bring together the people who have the cutting-edge expertise to design a new vision for that future. By making these efforts, we can gain insights into the path toward the best possible future, as well as new answers to the most fundamental, eternal questions about the nature of humanity and the meaning of life.

Innovative City Forum is a creative platform that explores the shape of the new world to come. United by a shared understanding of the importance of these issues, global opinion leaders will come together in Tokyo, bringing a diverse range of perspectives to multidisciplinary discussions that will encompass topics including urban issues, science, technology, art, design, economics, and industry.

NNOVATIVE CITY FORUM イノベーティブシティーフォーラムについて
Innovative City Forumは、来るべき社会の新たな姿を問いかける創造的プラットフォームです



Photos by: ICF, The Mori Art Museum, and Amy Karle

Organized by: Institute for Urban Strategies – The Mori Memorial Foundation, Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
Co-organized by: The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Supported by: The World Economic Forum, International House of Japan, Loftwork

Information adapted from