NY Symposium: "The First 25 Years of Sony CSL and Open Systems Science" Mario Tokoro & Adam Fulford

「ソニーCSLの25年の歩みとオープンシステム・サイエンス」 所 眞理雄、アダム・フルフォード_01The second half of the symposium began with a conversation between the Sony CSL founder Mario Tokoro and Adam Fulford, who helped to write a booklet titled The Point of Knowing (available for download here). Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sony CSL in 2013, the booklet's title was also used for the symposium in New York, and it was indeed a desire for knowledge with a compelling purpose -- to shape a better world -- that drove Tokoro to formulate a scientific approach that would overcome such common shortcomings as a narrow research specialization without reference either to other domains of knowledge or to real-world relevance. Open Systems Science, as Tokoro calls his original methodology, starts from a recognition that every system -- from the cell, to the human body, to the global ecosystem -- is open and interacting with other systems. For Tokoro it is essential to acknowledge that everything we think of as true will one day be proved false, and the success of his methodology hinges on a scientist's readiness to adjust or abandon any aspect of study if it fails to conform to in natura reality. The need for the methodology that Tokoro developed was made clear as he recalled Sony CSL's history, which started with an exploration of computer potential before moving on, in the second decade, to human-centric computer application. In the third decade, with CSL researchers now exploring the complex inter-relationships of highly diverse systems, Open Systems Science represents an optimal framework for coming to grips with such challenges.

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