INTELLECTUAL CABINET 2000
IT Strategies for the Creation of New Industries
Professor, Environment Information Dept., Keio University
The potential of the internet as an information resource lies in its utilization not in elementary education, but in higher education and research. The market for the internet is not found in the passive mass entertainment that is the forte of the mass media, but in the sphere of lifelong education which requires active commitment on the part of the user. From the viewpoint of new industries, an attempt must be made to start up new, large-scale industries that will make full investments directly using cash, and not start up businesses by halfway-measures such as money game-type procurement of funds using the stock market, like internet startups do now.
High potential of Japanese manpower and technology
In the industrialized society of the past 120 years, people have been used as information-transmitting machines in the running of complicated projects, and for this, large organizations and large companies were needed. But the important point about utilizing the internet as an information resource is that, in the new industries of the future, there is no need for large organizations or large companies.