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Information Bank

Ryosuke Shibasaki | TEDxTokyo 2012

How do you track the movements of over seven billion people and all their stuff without abusing the knowledge and infringing on privacy? Ryosuke Shibasaki faces that question every day at his lab at the University of Tokyo’s Center for Spatial Information Science. His solution, called the Information Bank, allows you to manage your own data in the cloud and even leverage it as a marketable asset. Another greater-good project he did in Bangladesh analyzed GPS data from mobile phones in masked format to smooth out traffic patterns and reduce damage from disasters. “Songs of ANAGURA,” an experiential exhibit Ryosuke directed that translated location and movement data into music, won the Excellence Award in the entertainment division at the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2011. The exhibit is now on permanent display at Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.