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Visions of the future: Links between science, technology and social issues

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Published: April 22, 2014

Science and technology is the vital driving force for economic and social development.

However, the fundamental links between science, technology, and society are unclear because of their complexity and hidden relationships.

Now, Yuya Kajikawa and colleagues at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed methodology to explore the roles of technology for resolving social issues.

Link mining was used to construct a general picture of specific technologies and social issues. Text mining was used to explore a pathway between technology and social issue. The researchers analyzed robotics and aging society as technology and a social issue, respectively.

The results shown in the diagram, explicitly show the potential contribution of robotics to resolve issues related to an aging society, and were utilized to design an R&D project.

The methodology developed by the Tokyo Tech team can be utilized to explore a variety of otherwise hidden links between science, technology, and social issues.

Linkage diagram between social issue (aging society) and technology (robotics).
Fig.Linkage diagram between social issue (aging society) and technology (robotics).

Reference:

Authors:
Vitavin Ittipanuvat, Katsuhide Fujita, Ichiro Sakata, and Yuya Kajikawa
Title of original paper:
Finding linkage between technology and social issue: a literature based discovery approach
Journal:
Journal of Engineering & Technology Management, in press.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Affiliations:
Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Contact

Yuya Kajikawa

Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology

TEL: 03-3454-8754

FAX: 03-3454-8754

Email: kajikawa@mot.titech.ac.jp

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