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NEST2017 – part 2


Below are mentioned some notes that I took during the second day following the first day.

Ride-sharing, car-sharing and autonomous cars related session:

  • 85% of cars are not used

  • Middle east GDP: 3 trillions USD

  • Getaround: rent your car to people

    • 6 billions unused cars everyday in the world

    • Their mission: solve the car overpopulation issue

    • San francisco: plenty of cars at every block

    • Smartphone: key to your car

    • Available in 12 cities

    • 3 problems:   hardware device, insurance, new behavior


    • The AI computing company

    • Tesla says a full self-driving car will show up very soon

    • Prediction: 150 millions autonomous cars by 2025

    • They are making cars that learn human driving behavior

    • There is a lack of AI engineers in Japan

  • Cabify and Careem

    • Different markets: different labor cost

    • 70% of taxi cost is driver salary: in the middle east it is only 20%

    • Dubai is quite advanced and quite eager: by 2025 Dubai wants to get to a point where 25% of cars are autonomous

  • Questions from the audience

    • What happens to the car industry when self-driving cars appear? → coexistence and retrofitting from non AI to AI


Koizumi Junichiro’s speech:

  • On nuclear power and nuclear waste processing and neutralization

  • “Genpatsu Zero!” (Zero nuclear plants!)

  • Now Japan has only 3 nuclear plants

  • Natural energy such as wind and solar provide more than 30% of the whole electricity consumption in Japan and nuclear energy is only below 2%

  • Over the past few years “Genpatsu Zero” has been proven right

  • 100% security is not possible

  • He really respects Ozaki Yukio


Yoshiki’s session:

  • Art of life

  • Life is ephemere: his father died suddenly where he was only a child

  • Any dream can come true if you set the corresponding goal

  • He learns English 5h per day

  • Cool japan: being Japanese has become cool

  • You do not ride the waves, you create them

  • You just need to remove the negative thoughts

  • There are songs creation patterns

  • AI cannot create recklessness


Tom Kelley’s session:

  • Design thinking

  • Empathy

  • Ideo

  • Start with the need

  • Treat life as an experiment

  • Do more experiments to be a successful entrepreneur

  • Leverage the power of storytelling, put it short:

    • Ex: Steve Jobs on the first ipod: a thousand songs in your pocket

Drones’ session:

  • Airmap

    • Airmap is making drones part of everyday life

    • Partnership with Rakuten (Rakuten Sora)

  • Rapyuta Robotics:

    • Accelerate the accessibility of drones for users

    • Create a drones data management platform

  • Yuneec: aviation technology

  • Geofencing, drone air traffic control

  • The Japanese government is actually very helpful in building regulations for drones

  • The sky is the limit: let us work together

  • Autonomous flying is the future

  • There will be  2 drone licenses: autonomic and non automatic drones respective licenses


AI panel:

  • Jay Bellissimo of IBM’s Watson

    • Data is doubled every 3 years

    • Unstructured data is massive

    • Leverage data to make decision

    • IBM: 300,000 employees in the world

    • The best tool for recruiting: to have a great mission

  • Yutaka Matsuo of Tokyo University

    • Deep learning

      • 5.2%: human error rate

      • 3.1%: machine erro rate

      • Deep learning + reinforcement learning

    • Machines Cambrian explosion

    • Japan is in a very good position because they are very good at building physical robots and machines

    • At the same time the population is shrinking: AI can play a crucial role to solve the problem

    • Deep learning is becoming a commodity

    • Life is different from intelligence. Intelligence is just a tool

    • Monozukuri has a lot of potential combined with deep learning. Japanese people should learn a lot about deep learning.

    • AI should be a great opportunity for Japan to regain traction after those lost 20 years

  • Masaya Mori of Rakuten Institute of Technology

    • Delivery drones with AI

    • Using AI to find hidden human needs and interesting correlations for marketing

    • Separation: collaboration between AI and humans: humans are great at creating new frameworks

    • The role of Humans is to create startups


Closing session:

  • Mikitani: transportation is undergoing an IT revolution: from ownership to services

  • Very soon around 30% of all houses will be vacant

NEST2017 – part 1


A few weeks ago, as a co-director of Descartes Search, LLC, I, Pascal Hideki Hamonic got the opportunity to attend NEST2017.

It was the second time for me to attend NEST, the first time being NEST2016.

As last year, it was a very fulfilling experience.

Below are mentioned some notes that I took during the first day.


Button Inc founder:

  • First mover advantage is not crucial

  • What is crucial is to be passionate about what you do

  • The competitors do not know what they are doing

  • The best way to be successful is to really solve a problem for the market and prove your model with customers, users and revenues

  • Good entrepreneurship is having a mission

  • About Japan:

    • Design

    • Innovation

    • Very high level services


Chat between Mikitani and Horowitz:

  • Recent AI breakthroughs: AI can compute efficiently very precise approximations

  • Autonomous driving: edge cases are tricky to handle

  • You don’t know why machine learning goes wrong: this is the real danger

  • Bushido spirit: keep death in mind all the time

  • You cannot be prepared for every scenario:  the role of the CEO is to make high quality quick decisions

  • Horowitz invests in people that have figured out something about the world

  • Evolution of technology: hardware —> software —> data (maths)

  • How to solve Japan’s aging population problem: immigration, making babies


Panel discussion between the Takashi Inoue, Son Masayoshi and Chikatomo Hada:

  • New concept: circular economy

  • Michelin: tyre as a service

  • Rice work, life work, like work

  • Mention of hydrogen-based energy system….


Drew Houston’s session:

  • Dropbox: 500m users

  • Cloud data storage products to help teams work together

  • Work about work: 60% of work is wasted

  • Dropbox paper: to work together remotely

  • Dropbox is great for sharing documents

  • the new admin:

  • He reads a lot

  • Even strengths can be weaknesses

  • Coaching is very a good industry

  • Constantly learn new skills, by giving up one’s own strengthens

  • AI is very good at doing the work for work


Kathy Matsui’s session:

  • In Japan interest rates and cost of capital are low

  • 2.8% unemployment rate

  • 43% more jobs than jobseekers

  • There is a need to raise wages—> That is why japanese inflation rate needs to go up

  • Japanese exports are 15 % of GDP, consumption is 50%

  • Make Japan more self sufficient with a bigger domestic economy

  • Japan needs more deregulation

  • Japanese economy is shrinking, there is no growth but Japan has a massive stash of savings

  • A need for new trade policies + structural reform policy

  • 2 duties of citizens:

    • vote

    • stay informed

  • There is a lot of competition for mindshare

  • Questions from the audience

  • WSJ’s business model is to make pay for subscriptions

  • Labor-intensive industries need the society to invest more in IT

  • Construction and nursing are examples of labor-intensive industries: Japan needs more immigration

  • 2020: tighter job market, higher interest rates

Slush Tokyo 2017

slush tokyo 2017

We attended Slush Tokyo for the first time a few weeks ago.

This is was a very interesting experience.

We could get very valuable information about the Japanese startups scene in Tokyo.

Below is a digest ofsome notes taken during the event.

Allison Baum

Go global:

⁃ Because you will be able to access a bigger market
⁃ Because you will be able to optimize your operations


The 3 most important things when you do a startup:

⁃ Disrupting
⁃ The team
⁃ The vision

Carlos Ghosn

⁃ Diversity is a strength but it is difficult
⁃ Innovation is when you face adversity
⁃ Globalization is not going to stop
⁃ There is sometimes correction in big trends
⁃ The performance of the ceo should be measured in terms of the company’s revenues and profits
⁃ Look at the long term
- You want to innovate: propose an idea that nobody wants to listen to

Rapyuta Robotics

- You have to look at the market and the scalability of your technology
- 2 elements in order to be able to raise money:
- To have a very clear vision
- To have a great team
- They have a global team
- English is their main language

Karoli Hindriks of Jobbatical

- Bringing diversity inside the company helps grow the company
- Diversity is what makes Silicon Valley great

Taizo Son
- “IPOs are so 2015″

Maya Rogers’s panel discussion:

- If you want to grow your startup you need to focus on a problem and solve it but do not attract negative problems
- You need to be a doer (Execute)

ムーアズカラー™ / Moore’s collar™のリリースについて



(English follows Japanese)

本日(2017年01月10日)をもちまして、IoT産業に特化した、日本最強の人材コンサルティングサービス、ムーアズカラー™(Moore’s collar™ )をリリース致しました。

ULRは となります。

ムーアズカラー™(Moore’s collar™) はIoT(モノのインターネット)の他に、AR(拡張現実)やVR(仮想現実)など、センサー、インターネット接続、そして実時間処理を持ち合わせた計算装置に基づく技術を駆使している企業様に対して最適な人材をご提供致します。

IoTのカンブリア爆発に備えるために、IoT(Internet of Things)を専門とする人材紹介のエキスパートです。



また、IoT業界の企業の皆様、人材をお探しの場合は、是非とも よりご連絡くださいませ。








「Moore’s collar™」のサービス名に込めるビジョン
その中に最も注目を浴びているのはいわゆるIoT = Internet of Things = モノのインターネット装置であろうと考えています。
だからこそ、私達、ムーアズカラー™(Moore’s collar™)は、IoT技術で日本中にイノベーションを起こす企業様を支援できるよう徹底的に努めていきたいと思います。


On 2017-01-10, we released the official Web site of Moore’s collar™, the most specialized recruiting site for the IoT industry in Japan.

Check it out if you are looking for a job in the Japanese IoT industry.

The main language used in the site is Japanese but some positions will require only a conversational Japanese or sometimes no Japanese at all.

The list of job opportunities that we deal with will be mentioned here: .

Right now most of the jobs are engineering jobs.

As a company if you belong to the IoT industry, or the AR/VR industries and if you are looking for manpower, please feel free to contact us via:


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Copyright © 2017 Descartes Search LLC. All rights reserved. 「ムーアズカラー™ 、Moore’s collar™」はデカルトサーチ合同会社の商標です。

デカルトサーチ合同会社より – 2017年 新年のご挨拶を申し上げます。

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デカルトサーチ合同会社 代表社員 アモニック パスカル ヒデキ(アップローダ)
昨年はDescartes Search, LLC は無事10年目の年を迎えることとなりました。
サトシズカラー™ をリリースすることが出来ました。
そして、シルバー会員として日本ブロックチェーン協会 JBA の発足に貢献することも出来ました。
チューリングズカラー™ http://turingscollar.jpも開始させていただきました。
代表社員 アモニック パスカル ヒデキ(アップローダ)

We attended the New Context Conference 2016


I recently attended the New Context Conference 2016 organized by Digital Garage on July 5th and July 6th.

The official Web site is:

It was divided in 2 parts. The first day was about “Blockchain” and the second day about “AI”.

As you may already know, my company, Descartes Search, LLC, has 2 specific recruitment services dedicated specifically to “Blockchain” and “AI”.

The former is named Satoshi’s collar™, the latter Turing’s collar™ .

This was the first time for us to attend the conference but this year’s themes were, I have to say, perfectly matching our fields of expertise :)

I decided to attend only the second day but I had the opportunity to attend the dinner party on the first day.

My overall impression can be described as follows:

- the level of the talks was quite high

-a lot of people are intrigued by “blockchain” but even after attending the first day they have generally no idea about why they should adopt it over a standard database system

- AI is being deployed to many many industries so it is quite clear it is becoming the next platform as I mentioned here based on what Andy Rubin said at NEST 2016

- Some entrepreneurs believe that the technological singularity is near, some believe it is still very far away

In any case, each speaker’s talk was very interesting.


I would like to share with you the notes I took, as follows:


- Hiroaki Kitano, President & CEO, Director of Research, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

  • It is impossible to read every scientific paper that is released every day (there are 4100 papers published each day)


- Joshua Lachter, Vice President of Strategic Growth, ASAPP, Inc

  • Facebook has 7 trillions pics


- Kazutaka Yonekura, CEO, al+

  • One of the mission of our company is to create an AI that can fall in love


- Joi Ito on the differences between the US and Japan

  • Japan is very strong at creating cute AI agents that people can get attached to
  • the US is very strong at designing AI algos
  • The key is to find what context to feed into the computers in order to yield creativity
  • The future of AI is in the combination of what machines are good at with what Humans are good at


- Alex “Sandy” Pentland Professor, Director, MIT Media Lab Connection Science and Human Dynamics Labs

  • Hedge funds: Humans are still much better than AI
  • AI is good at optimization
  • Humans are good at managing other people
  • The future of AI is in networked intelligence


- Yuki Shimahara, Founder & CEO, LPixel Inc.

  • Between 2005 and 2012, the number of images used for medical examination has been multiplied by 1.7
  • Japan has the highest number of cancer images in the world
  • Organs are becoming industrial products
  • The 21st century will be the century of life science
  • The combination of AI and life science will yield a new health care industy


- Koichi Nakamura, Founder & CEO, Idein Inc.

  • Our company is about designing intelligent sensor devices using pattern recognition and active learning
  • We use low-end sensors and low-end embedded computers
  • Training requires more time than prediction
  • It is possible to do deep learning in embedded devices


- Panel discussion moderated by Hiroaki Kitano

  • Go Challenge (Google) is using deep learning, reinforcement learning and Monte Carlo
  • In the near future, the combination of active learning and deep learning will increase
  • In the near future, there will be an increase of the interaction between Humans and AI (ex: health care industry)
  • Japan can be the leader in the field of AI applied to the health care industry


- Ichiro Otobe, Director of Operation & Member of the Board, ZMP Inc.

  • “Robot of everything”
  • Our secret sauce is in the weightings
  • Our autonomous car driving on a normal country road is the first of its kind in the world


- Panel discussion whose moderator is Joi Ito

  • “Human in the loop”


- Takeshi Fukuda, Director IBM Research, IBM Japan

  • We are now in a cognitive era with the rise of cognitive computing and neuromorphic computing


- Motoaki Saito, CEO, PEZY Computing

  • “I would like to cause a pre-singularity”
  • Not so far away in the future, we will have energy and food for free. Also, we will have access to anti-aging technology and we will not need money any more
  • The next generation of AI tech is AI algorithms combined with super computers
  • We will have soon 1000 times more powerful AI than now, an AI that will be able to raise assumptions, verify assumptions and create concepts
  • We will create soon a super computer that has 100 peta flops
  • We will create soon a very powerful AI computing platform with a 1000 times more powerful AI engine and a 1000 times more powerful computing power


- Ryota Kanai, Founder & CEO, ARAYA Brain Imaging

  • Our goal is to create consciousness


- Panel discussion moderated by Joi Ito

  • “The world is going to be run by algorithms”
  • “Some countries are going to have different cultural problems regarding AI”
  • “Humans are very good at causing problems”




昨日(4/27)設立しました、「一般社団法人 日本ブロックチェーン協会(以下JBA)」に参画いたしました。




デカルトサーチ合同会社(Descartes Search, LLC)は、JBA設立の参画に伴い、JBAのブロックチェーン部門にて、ブロックチェーン産業に特化した人材紹介サービス、「サトシズカラー™」(Satoshi’s collar™)をご提供し、日本のブロックチェーン産業そして世界のブロックチェーン産業の発展を目指して参ります。




現在、ブロックチェーンは、安価で便利な決済・送金手段である仮想通貨ビットコインを支える基盤技術としてその重要性が急速に増大しています。今後、次世代の情報通信技術として、金融サービスや公共サービス等多方面での活用が展望され、その社会的インパクトはインターネットの登場にも比肩すると言われています。このような環境変化に対応するため、仮想通貨をはじめとするブロックチェーンを活用 したサービスを提供する事業者は、この度日本価値記録事業者協会を改組し、JBAを設立致しました。JBA はブロックチェーン技術が一層安心・安全な技術として、これからの日本経済の発展を支える仕組みの一つになり、日本経済の発展に貢献するよう活動してまいります。


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There will be a huge demand for AI engineers very soon

Andy rubin

I attended NEST 2016, the New Economy Summit 2016, last week on the 7th and 8th of April, 2016.

The list of speakers can be found here.

NEST stands for Next Economy Summit Tokyo/Technology .

It was a very fruitful, instructive and entertaining summit.

Here, I would like to quote the statements from the speakers that left an impression on me.

Disclaimer: it is not the exact quote but I hope I got the right meaning of each statement.


Katsujin David Chao of DCM:

  • “The combination of AI and IoT is going to be very interesting.”

  • “Japan has been the biggest investor to India.”

  • On startups: “The window of opportunity for success has been shortened. That is why you need to raise much more quickly and a lot.“


Peter Bell of Highland Capital Partners:

  • On the sharing economy 1: “Incredible experience for the consumer.

  • On the sharing economy 2: “Ownership is not that important for teenagers.”


Sumant Mandal of March Capital Partners/Clearstone Venture Partners:

  • “The VC industry needs to be disrupted.”

  • Recommendation for entrepreneurs: “Do not listen to anybody.”


Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia:

  • On his own government: “We have zero bureaucracy.”

  • “People are the big brothers of the government.”

  • “The key for the future: to enable it”


Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics :

  • “Drones are the Internet of Things.”

  • “Drones are connected to the cloud.”

  • “Drones are the best way to manage the planet.”

  • “Japan’ strengths are cars, sensors, mechatronics.”


Shigenobu Kobayashi of Rakuten SmartPay:

  • On the credit card use: “Japan 18% compared to USA 50%.”


Katsuaki Sato of Metaps:

  • “We want to be the world’s brain.”


Yosuke Tsuji of Money Forward:

  • On virtual currencies: “The means for exchanging goods and services will be diversified.”


Daisuke Sasaki of Freee:

  • “Small businesses will become strong.”


James Gutierrez of Insikt:

  • On being an entrepreneur: “Every day you get bad news and you step back and you improve things and you pivot.”

  • “Brands are going to become the new banks.”


Ernestine Fu of Alsop Louie Partners:

  • On the opportunities of a messaging platform: “Food delivery, messaging, financial transactions, transportation can be offered by a messaging platform.”

  • Advice for being an entrepreneur:”Find your passion, get a good mentor, go for it, do not be afraid of failing.”


Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio Entertainment:

  • About Angry Birds’ original goal of getting 100 million downloads: “It was impossible but in fact it is easy.”

  • Advice for being an entrepreneur:”You do not think it is impossible. You have to believe in what you do.”


Andy Rubin of Playground Global:

  • About Playground Global: “Ideo + VC”

  • About the next computing platform over the next 10~15 years: AI

  • “In the future, engineers will learn how to program and how to train neural networks.”

  • “We no longer have linear programming. We have neural networks.”

  • “In 20 years, everyone will be a teacher.” (of neural networks)


Susumu Fujita of Cyber Agent:

  • “There is a surplus of money in Tokyo.”

  • “You need experience and know-how about how to move people in order to build a startup.

  • “What prevents the increase of startups in Japan is the low number of M&A. IPOs should not be the only possible exits.”


Yasukane Matsumoto of Raksul:

  • “There are only 1000 startups in Japan per year with 100 VCs. It is 100 times easier to raise funds in Japan than in India.”

  • “Innovation should not be an operations related problem solved by big corporations but it should be a technology issue only.”


Yoshikazu Tanaka of Gree:

  • “In Japan, the body of regulations prevents things like Uber for example.”

  • “In the US, first you do and then we tell you that you cannot do certain things. In Japan, first we tell you not to do things. If it is allowed, then you can start doing.”


Logan Green of Lyft:

  • “Our mission: to connect people with better transportation.”

  • “Transportation as a service.”

  • “A lot of jobs face automation.”

  • “Taxi sharing has created 100,000 jobs in the US.”

  • “Car sharing will cause a massive reshaping of cities.”

  • “General Motors provide the cars and the AI software. We provide the network.”

  • On the upcoming Tokyo Olympics: “There is gonna be a big surge for taxi needs.”

  • “Happy drivers → happy passengers.”

  • “Future is gonna be awesome.”


Juan de Antonia of Cabify:

  • “We need to be very collaborative with the regulators.”


Hiroshi Mikitani of Rakuten:

  • “There is the first mover advantage but I think there is also what I call the developed countries disadvantage.”

  • “Engineers are lacking in Japan.”

  • “There are only 20k Computer Science graduates per year in Japan.”

  • “Japan needs to get human resources from overseas.”

  • “Japan needs to reform regulations.”

  • “Japan has money and technology.”


From these quotes that made an impression on me, the following thoughts occurred to me:

  • Recruiting is as important as raising funds for a startup.

  • A startup needs to recruit the engineers that will be creating the next standards.

  • A startup needs to recruit engineers that can write bug-free code.

  • AI engineers, machine learning engineers and data scientists will be more and more crucial in the near future.

  • Combining smartphone, cloud and AI in a secure way is going to generate a lot of innovation and productivity gain for Humanity.


Overall, I think that Descartes Search, LLC, has a big role to play in this context and will definitively contribute to the creation of the next platform, the AI platform, by basically providing high class AI engineers, data scientists, machine learning engineers, data mining engineer or any engineer that can learn fast about how to train neural networks.

Especially not only we can help bring the high class engineers that can innovate and produce value for startups in Japan because we can communicate well with the engineers and assess their level based on our background in engineering and computer science, we can also bring the foreigners to Japanese startups, the ones that will be working more cost-effectively when Japanese engineers are lacking.

Japan has money and technology.

Descartes Search, LLC brings the right engineers to the right companies to Japanese startups.Finally, Descartes Search, LLC deals already with data scientist positions or machine learning/data mining engineering related positions.

For example:


Please do not hesitate to visit our home page and our list of hot job opportunities that are centered around Tokyo and software engineering jobs if you happen to be looking for a job right now.

Engineers are not necessarily interested in a full time job…

I feel that there are more and more engineers that are not looking necessarily for a full time job.
More and more engineers are flexible regarding their employment contract.
As a recruiter, compared to last year, I see now a higher number of engineers who are more interested in a contractor contract or even a freelancer contract, instead of a full time employment contract.
Several reasons for that.
One being that some engineers want to be able to take part into several projects at the same time. For those, a freelancing contract is necessary.
Another being that some engineers get bored quickly and want to change their work environment regularly. For those, a 6-month contract is suitable.
Another being that some engineers want to have a better compensation. Full time employment involves social benefits that cost money for the company. Social benefits are not included into the package of a freelancer. Thus a freelancer can get a higher cash compensation, usually.
We, at Descartes Search, LLC, are dealing more and more with job opportunities whose work type is not “full time”.
If you are looking for an interesting job, in Tokyo, especially if you are an engineer, please feel free to browse the list of our hot job opportunities that you can find here.

Besides the desire for more flexibility regarding the employment contract, I see more and more engineers that are looking to create their own startups instead of looking to get a job at an existing company.
For those engineers, I would recommend to get in touch with BunkerSofa, LLC, the sister company of Descartes Search, LLC.
Recently, BunkerSofa, LLC has pivoted to focus on supporting startups in Tokyo, helping them raise funding and recruit early stage members…

サトシズカラー™ / Satoshi’s collar™のリリースについて

English follows Japanese:

先日(01月08日)、サトシズカラー( Satoshi’s collar )、FINTECH界隈のブロックチェーン産業に特化した日本初で最大の人材紹介媒体をリリース致しました。

HPは となります。




Bitcoin、Ripple、Litecoin、Dogecoin、Factom、Monacoin、 NuBits。



ちなみに、サトシズカラー(Satoshi’s collar)は直訳するとサトシさんの襟となる訳ですが、ホワイトカラーやブルーカラーがありますように、ブロックチェーン産業という斬新な産業で働く人材が着ているシャツに特別な襟があることに因んで当サービスを命名いたしました。

On 2016-01-08, we finally released the official Web site of Satoshi’s collar™, the first and
biggest recruiting media for the blockchain industry in Japan.

Check it out if you are looking for a job in the Japanese blockchain industry.

The main language used in the site is Japanese but some positions require only a conversational Japanese.

The list of job opportunities that we deal with is mentioned here: .

Right now most of the jobs are engineering jobs.