In the spirit of why I started keeping a blog, I thought I’d write down a list of questions that I’m guessing what my grand kids will be asking 50 years from now. Only then will I know how my predictive abilities are. Some are actually wishes of mine, but if I believe in them strongly enough, I’m sure someone (perhaps me) will invent something to address them.
- What is a battery?
- You had to actually recharge the battery all the time?
- Why did you have to type things in? Wasn’t using keyboard slow and inefficient?
- Why were images only in 2D on a physical surface? Wasn’t it hard to carry around?
- Why do old pictures show all kinds of cables on the desk? What did they do?
- Why was storage and speed always defined? Did you actually run out of space?
- What is a personal computer?
- Why did you call it a “smart” phone?
- Why did you use paper?
- What are magazines and newspapers?
- What is a password? How did you remember all of them? why did you need them?
- Why did things all look the same? Why didn’t everyone personalize their things?
- What do you mean you had to “search” for things?
- You got to drive the car?
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption
, biometric authentication
and cyber security
After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.
Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.
Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.
He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.