Who are we

The Artificial Wisdom (AW) Group is led by Prof. Liang Zhao at Kyoto University. We are interested in AW which is related to but not the same as Aritificial Intelligence (AI). Our research topics include AI and related, a general definition of wisdom and how we can implement it with computers.
Contact: Prof. Zhao <>

A definition of Wisdom

Prof. Zhao proposed a "Law of Wisdom" in 2015 (first at a lecture for ELPs) that says
Wisdom = Knowledge + Random choice.
In other words, wisdom is the ability to learn knowledge and to do free (i.e., randome) choice. This law can explain many facts related to "wisdom", e.g., the recent example of AlphaGo/AlphaZero.

How do we do research

This is an interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary seminar at GSAIS (aks Shishu-Kan), Kyoto University, and anybody is welcome to join. Currently in year 2018, the backgrounds of us include math, informatics, art, education, medical care, dementia, and so on. We are trying to expand AW to all fields and define a human friendly AI or AW society.

So what is wisdom?

Some previous definitions

Before continue, please think what your definition of wisdom is. Please do not limit yourself on "human-specific" definitions because, why only human can have wisdom? Other lifes or aliens can have different types of wisdom. So what is the most general definition that you can provide?

A definition of wisdom by us

As stated before, we want a general definition. (to be continued)

Other words of random choice

include freedom, creativity, imagination etc.

News and Activities

News in 2019

  • Student Mini Workshop on How AI will change the world
  • Date: Jan. 19 (Sat), 2019
  • Poster

News in 2018

  • Talk on Traditional Chinese Painting by Jianqun Zhai
  • Date: Nov. 15 (Thu), 2018, 14:00-17:00 (open 13:30, close 17:30)
  • Schedule: 13:30-15:30 invited talk, 15:30-17:30 Discussion with students on Art AI
  • Place: Room 122, Higashiichijo-kan
  • Poster
  • Talk on recent AI research by Prof. Xuefeng Liang
  • Date: Aug. 30 (Fri), 2018, 10am-12am
  • Place: Room 201, Higashiichijo-kan
  • Poster
  • MiniWorkshop: On the future of our society in the AI age
  • Date: July 21st (Sat), 2018, 10am-12am
  • Place: Shishu-Kan Hall (Room 001), Higashiichijo-kan, Kyoto University
  • Poster

Actitivies in 2018

Regular seminars

  • AW Seminar: April 19, 26, May 10, 24, 31, June 7, 21, 28, July 5, 21, 26.
  • Machine Learning (Deep Learning): April 19, 26, May 10, 24, 31, June 7, 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26.

Past events

  • MiniWorkshop: Innovation and Interdisciplinarity from the New American University
  • Guest speaker: Mr. Adam Gabriele, Arizona State University
  • Date: May 24 (Thursday), 2018, 13:30-15:00
  • Place: Room 202, Higashiichijo-kan, Kyoto University

Members and Alumni

Members in 2018

  • Leader: Assoc. Prof. Liang Zhao (Dr. Informatics)
  • L3: Yunian Pang (Art and intercultural communication)
  • L2: Rongqing Hu (ASD), Rachael Kei Kawasaki (Immigration), Akiko Tanimoto (Programming education)
  • L1: Deng Ke (AI for Dementia), Wenruo Lyu (Face recognition), Botong Gao (AI for water resources?)
  • Visiting scholars: Haijun Liu, Shiqi Yang


  • Shuntaro Noda (Population simulation. Started to work from Oct 2016)
  • Quan Chen (Psycology. Master of Philosophy. Started to work from April 2018)