Moonshot Goal 3Realization of AI robots that autonomously learn, adapt to their environment, evolve in intelligence and act alongside human beings, by 2050.

Human activities will be enhanced by AI robots that grow and learn as we do.(PDF 678KB)


Considering Japan’s declining birthrate and aging population, it is important that robots can be used in all aspects of society - such as working in dangerous or understaffed sites, developing human frontiers, and supporting our everyday lives. For that purpose, robots must be able to learn and act on their own through the co-evolution of AI and robots. Our R&D aims to realize AI robots with advanced bodies and self-developed AI learning.

Program Director (PD)

FUKUDA ToshioProfessor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University

【Message from PD】

Our R&D aims to achieve the following three outcomes by 2050:
(1) AI robots that autonomously make judgements and act in environments where it is difficult for humans to act.
(2) An automated AI robot system that aims to discover impactful scientific principles and solutions, by thinking and acting in the field of natural science.
(3) AI robots that humans feel comfortable with, have physical abilities equivalent to or greater than humans, and grow in harmony with human life.

The following two concepts are core to our work:
(1) Coevolution: AI technology and robot technology cooperate to improve their own performance.
(2) Self-organization: AI technology and robot technology self-modify their own knowledge and functions to adapt to their environment.


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UEDA Naonori* Fellow, NTT Communication Science Laboratories/Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
KOSUGE Kazuhiro* Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
ISHIZUKA Mitsuru Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
UEKI Miwa Project Manager, Research Unit, FUJITSU LIMITED.
OKURA Michiko Professor, S.I.T. Research Laboratories, Shibaura Institute of Technology
OKUNO Hiroshi G. Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
OBATA Nobuaki Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
KASAHARA Hironori Senior Executive Vice President, Waseda University/
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
KUBOTA Takashi Professor, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
KOKUBU Hiroshi Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
SHIOZAWA Keiko Director, AdIn Research, Inc.
HASHIMOTO Hideki Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University

*Sub Program Director

R&D Project

Smart Robot that is Close to One Person for a Lifetime
Project Manager SUGANO Shigeki
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Outline This project aims to establish robot evolution technology that combines flexible machine hardware and unique AI that can understand many kinds of tasks. Our final goal is to build a human-robot symbiotic society by introducing a general-purpose AI robot that can work with people not only in housework and customer service but also in welfare and medical fields where human resources will be in short supply by 2050.
Innovation in Construction of Infrastructure with Cooperative AI and Multi-Robots Adapting to Various Environments
Project Manager NAGATANI Keiji
Project Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Outline This project aims to develop collaborative AI robots that respond to various situations flexibly and perform given tasks in challenging environments such as disaster sites or the moon. By 2050 these collaborative AI robots will, on behalf of humans, conduct emergency response missions following natural disasters and construct lunar bases. This technology will also be useful for the construction and maintenance of ground infrastructure.
Co-evolution of Human and AI-Robots to Expand Science Frontiers
Project Manager HARADA Kanako
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Outline This project aims to develop AI-robots that conduct scientific experiments in challenging environments (e.g. in a hazardous atmosphere, or in a micro-scale setup), while interacting with scientists as their peers. AI robots and scientists will have freer interactions, and will work with unfamiliar objects and environments through trial-and-error together. By 2050 AI-robots will discover their own principles and solutions in the science fields.
Adaptable AI-enabled Robots to Create a Vibrant Society
Project Manager HIRATA Yasuhisa
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
Outline This project aims to create a collective of adaptable AI-enabled robots available at a variety of places. Each robot will be usable by anyone at any time, and will adjust its form and functions according to the individual user to provide optimal assistance and services. By 2050 the co-existence and co-evolution of a wide variety of robots and people will create a vibrant society in which all people can participate.



Moonshot Goal 3 R&D Program Secretariat
Department of Moonshot Research and Development Program, Japan Science and Technology Agency

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