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Exhibition Outline

Exhibition Outline

In the second stage of Visionaries Lab, Miraikan, and the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (IRCN) of the University of Tokyo’s Institutes for Advanced Study, and Nomura Co., Ltd. together collaborated to plan and produce an exhibition in which guests investigated the massive potential of the human brain. All gained fresh insights on intelligence through cutting-edge technology, such as what kind of vision can be obtained from combining research on the brain and artificial intelligence (AI).

Researchers have coined the term ″neurointelligence″ to describe a new research area that explores the roots of intelligence, examines the brain, and produces AI technologies from these discoveries. This exhibit allowed guests to experience the latest methods in brain research, to work with AI, and to understand leading research through both visual and hands-on experiences. Alongside guests, Miraikan explored how far neurointelligence research can expand the possibilities of humans and AI, and what visions of the future can be produced as a result.

Encounter cutting-edge research through images, objects, and hands-on interaction.
Explore the possibilities of humans and AI through hands-on activities such as drawing with robots

3D archive: “Advancing Neurointelligence”

3D archive: “Advancing Neurointelligence”
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The permanent exhibition period has ended, but you are able to view the exhibition as a 3D archive. You can also watch the video exhibits. You can view the content of “Advancing Neurointelligence” at your leisure, as if you were actually present in the exhibition space.

Exhibition Layout

I Experience Neurointelligence

Brains make predictions? Brains create optical illusions?

This exhibit gave guests a firsthand look at their own brains’ surprising power, of which most people are unaware. This was accomplished through an optical illusion experience that evoked the human brain’s characteristic ability to “predict”. It also featured a visual experience that made a white box “resemble” various objects, and an AI piano that analyzed a player’s playing style and matched it with an existing composition that then performed a new piece.

II Understand Neurointelligence

This compared common features as well as differences between the human brain and AI from seven perspectives, and as such, it resembled a conversation between a neuroscientist and an AI researcher. [1. Prediction, 2. Reinforcement learning, 3. Spontaneous action, 4. Development, 5. Social learning, 6. Creativity, 7. Diversity and ailments]

III Investigate Neurointelligence

This showcased four approaches to actual research in which brain research and AI research collaborate. It offered a chance to experience the latest research and presented actual examples.

  • The “Observe” corner
    Introduced the activity of the brain with precious images on a variety of scales.
  • The “Make” corner
    Introduced research methods that seek out unknown domains. Guests also were able to experience a microscope that makes it possible to peer into the brain and observe it without dissection, and the latest experiment devices.
  • The “Create” corner
    Showcased research that creates new AI by imitating the brain. Guests were also able to experience collaboration between AI and human beings, such as by cooperating with an AI robot to draw pictures.
  • The “Test” corner
    A variety of participatory experiences relating to brain research in fields such as “language acquisition” and “synesthesia” were presented at regular intervals.

IV Create Neurointelligence

A dress by an AI and a designer

Guests experienced the future relationship between AI and human beings through exhibits that included an actual dress that arose out of collaboration between an AI and a fashion designer, and a “Predicting with AI game” experience that utilized new AI technology.

Lastly, an interactive experience corner was set up where guests became familiar with a researcher’s vision, broadened their ideas based on that, and communicated their own thoughts.



Advancing ″neurointelligence″ Brain Observers and Creators


Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Sunday, March 6, 2022


【Planning and Produce】
International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study
NOMURA Co., Ltd.

【Supervising & Cooperation】
The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study (WPI-IRCN)
Takao Hensch (Director) Laboratory
Aihara Kazuyuki (Deputy Director) Laboratory
Kano Masanobu (Deputy Director) Laboratory
Emoto Kazuo (Deputy Director) Laboratory
Mingbo Cai (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Zenas Chao (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Gotoh Yukiko (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Kasai Haruo (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Kasai Kiyoto (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Arthur Konnerth (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Nagai Yukie (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Ohki Kenichi (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Okada Yasushi (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Sugiyama Masashi (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Takeuchi Shoji (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Tsuji Sho (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Watanabe Takamitsu (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Yazaki-Sugiyama Yoko (Principal Investigator) Laboratory
Kantaro Fujiwara (Data Science Core)
Kondo Satoru (Imaging Core)
Okada Naohiro (Human fMRI Core)
Ukai Hideki (ES Mouse/Virus Core)
Ishii Shin (Affiliated Faculty) Laboratory
Kohno Takashi (Affiliated Faculty) Laboratory
Nakayama Hideki (Affilicated Faculty) Laboratory
Sakai Kuniyoshi (Affiliated Faculty) Laboratory
Miyamoto Hiroyuki (Project Associate Professor)
Tanaka Gouhei (Project Associate Professor)
Wu Chien Te (Project Associate Professor)
Daikoku Tatsuya (Project Assistant Professor)
Kuroda Masafumi (Project Assistant Professor)
Uematsu Akira (Project Lecturer)
Yasuda Hiroyuki (Associate Research Fellow)

【Planning & Design, Production】
Watanabe So, Suzuki Atsushi, Horikoshi Sayaka, Abe Reimi, Fukao Nozomi, Shigyo Akihiko (NOMURA Co., Ltd.)
Matsuya Ryosuke, Ozawa Atsushi, Iwasawa Daichi, Miyahara Yumi, Takahashi Rieko (Miraikan)
Satake Mayuki, Ijiri Yuko (IRCN)
[Planning] Watanabe So, Abe Reimi (NOMURA Co., Ltd.), Ryosuke Matsuya (Miraikan)
[Space Design/ Art Direction] Suzuki Atsushi, Horikoshi Sayaka (NOMURA Co., Ltd.)
[Graphic Design] Endo Kouta (HARAPEKO)
[Production] NOMURA DUO Co., Ltd.
[Vision Contents Direction] Matsuyama Shinya, Akashi Serina (siro)
■Experiencing ″neurointelligence″ : When you look at this white box, what do you see?
[Scriptwriter/Producer] Kirino Mutsumi
[Actor] Fujita Hayato, Morikawa Yumiko
■Experiencing ″neurointelligence″ : What would you do?
[Production] Educational program development committee for the improvement
of junior high school students' mental health and resilience
■Exploring ″neurointelligence″ : Biohybrid sensor
[Collaboration] Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology(KISTEC);
[Collaboration] TORAY ENGINEERING Co.,Ltd
Innovating ″neurointelligence″ : Collaboration between humans and A.I.
[Collaborative Research] RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP)
[Collaborative Research] Institute of Industrial Science(IIS), The University of Tokyo
[Collaborative Research] Ema Rie (Fashion Designer/EMarie)
[Collaboration] RIKEN Medical Sciences Innovation Hub Program (MIH)
[Collaboration] Rikuzentakata City Museum