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: http://ncc.garage.co.jp/en/

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。


英語表記:Japan Blockchain Association (略称JBA)
所在地:東京都港区赤坂3-5-5 ストロング赤坂ビル8階







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・監事:和田 晃一良(レジュプレス株式会社(CoinCheck) 代表取締役)
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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 http://satoshiscollar.jp/ 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:

http://satoshiscollar.jp/careers/ .

Right now most of the jobs are engineering jobs.


ここ数ヶ月間いろいろ研究してきた結果、今年 2015年の秋(9月)に経済危機がアメリカを襲ってくる可能性は非常に高いという結論に至りました。






- 編集:文法の訂正、文章の言い回しの編集
- 追記1:アメリカ経済のみならず欧州の経済も恐慌に陥る可能性が高いように思えます。その場合は、ユーロの切り下げが決定されるでしょう。
- 追記2:経済恐慌が起こる日付は特定するのは難しいと思いますが今年の秋に(2015年9月から11月にかけて)生じるであろうと見ています。
- 追記3:弊社はその経済危機に備えるべく、もうすでにシリコンバレー在住のエンジニアを集めたデーターベースを準備しており、より素早く東京そして日本で活躍されているお客さんに対してこういったハッカー(ソフト上エンジニア)を紹介できるよう急いでいます。米国と同様にヨーロッパにも金融危機が生じる可能性があることから、同じく欧州在住のエンジニアを集めたデーターベースをこれからは強化していきたいと思います。欧米の通貨危機は日本経済にとって大きなチャンスであると改めて実感しており、弊社はその世紀に一度しか訪れてこないチャンスを掴み、日本経済そして世界経済が黄金の幕を開けるように精一杯貢献していきたいと思います。


- 追記1:バンカーソファー合同会社の管理下に置かれているメディア disclose.nu(英語)、jigenjosho.com(日本語)そしてdiscuss.jigenjosho.com(日本語)では広範囲な分析の結果、9月23日という日付がかなり重要な日付になりそうという結論が得られました。ですから、経済恐慌が具体化し始めると予測されている時点は9月23日あるいはその前後です。

We have started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method

Today, we have started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method for our retainer search service and for our recruiting service focused on the industry of crypto-currencies and blockchain technologies.
Since the unit price of Bitcoin is not stable, we have decided not to keep the bitcoins received as payment and instead convert them into cash (JPY).
For that, we have decided to use the bitcoin payment processing service offered by bitFlyer.
This service enables a cash conversion within 1h from reception of the bitcoins into an address specified by it.
We are looking forward to offering to you our services in exchange of your bitcoins.
By the way, it seems that our company is the first recruiting company to accept Bitcoin as payment in the world, at least we are the first in Japan!








We have started to accept NuBits for Satoshi’s collar™

Today, we are announcing that we have started to accept NuBits as a method of payment (besides bank transfer) for our recruiting service dedicated to the blockchains and crypto-currencies related industries, called Satoshi’s collar™.
NuBits is the first stable crypto-currency in the history of Humanity, enabling very quick transfers of money for a very low fee.
We strongly support NuBits.