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Creating a New Academic Discipline "Fusing the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences"

The power to connect
The reason the Internet significantly changed society is because it openly and broadly connects “people-to-people.”
E-mail and web pages which connect people only within a particular company seems to lack this kind of power.
The power of the Internet is its openness which allows people to connect “at any time, any place, to anyone” just by knowing an e-mail address or a URL.

The IoT
“The IoT: Internet of Things” is considered to be the next major technology and wave of social innovation.
In the coming era, “objects” that surround us will connect to the network, and “objects to people” and “objects to objects” will be connected openly.
Robots and self-driving vehicles are both examples of the IoT. The Net will connect to the real world through objects to surpass the traditional Internet.
Relevant laws and regulations will become more complex, and the importance of design of tangible forms in the real world will also increase.

Education needs to integrate
In an era of accelerated changes, the IoT services and objects which fuse the wisdom of the “Humanities, Arts, and Sciences” at a high level will achieve success more rapidly.
However, no matter how brilliant a person is, nobody can be a master at a high level across all areas of the “Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.”
The type of human resources that are needed today are people who has the general overview of the fields in which they are not an expert and can engage in dialog in a common language to coordinate and accomplish projects.
To address this need, the study of “Information Networking for Innovation and Design” has been created to research the ideal way to integrate the “Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.” The faculty in charge of providing the practical education is called…
“INIAD: Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design.”

The main concept is “networking.”

Present-day society thrives thanks to advances in science and technology including computers and the Internet. We are entering an age when a single person cannot understand everything and make everything work.
What is sought today is cooperation and networking among as many people as possible.

Today’s Internet society makes it even easier to take on new challenges in the world arena.

The Internet has eliminated geographical barriers, making it easy for like-minded people to know each other and work together.
It is possible to collaborate with people who are far away (cloud sourcing), or to send a design drawing of an object and request for its manufacture and delivery by courier service. Attractive prototypes created in this manner can raise funds from all over the world via the Internet (crowdfunding). There are an increasing number of “startups” worldwide that have succeeded in bringing innovative products to the world in this manner.

If various functions and services available online are linked to work together…

Diverse functional blocks can be obtained from the Internet easily, and the development environment for smartphone has improved. Through the combination of only a few programs, it will be possible to develop sophisticated applications and offer new services.

The foundation of such networking is computer science.

People who can participate in a team, use computers efficiently, and cooperate with team members based on available information to swiftly transform ideas into something tangible are widely sought today.