William H. Saito is among the one hundred most influential individuals in Japan according to Nikkei. While at the elementary school, he started a programming software and started his own company while at the high school. By 1998, he was one of the leading global authorities in encryption, cybersecurity, and biometric authentication. As such, he was named an entrepreneur of the year. By 2005, he sold his company to Microsoft and relocated to Tokyo and co-founded In Tecur, a consultancy firm that identifies innovative technologies, advances global talent and enhances entrepreneurs to sail high their dreams. He was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy and the council reported directly to the Japanese prime minister by early 2012. William Saito worked as the chief technology officer of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission at the last quarter of 2011. In his home country, Japanese has worked as an advisor several agencies such as METI, ICMLIT, The Japan Society for the promotion of science and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial science and technology. Recently he serves as the cabinet office special advisor.
William Saito’s expertise and investment have great influence across the globe in matters relating to technology. In an interview, he tips that typical days for him involves engaging and sharing with people to find value in the problems hence find innovative solutions that are beneficial to real-life situations. He brings ideas to life with design thinking methodology. He is excited with all dimensions relating to artificial intelligence, the learning of machines robotics among other things. He explicitly put it clear that understanding failure as a key necessity for innovation, which can only be propelled through teamwork. He advised the younger generation not to rush to life, and they should engage themselves in things they have passionate. As such, he advises young entrepreneurs to have persistence, and no matter how much they fail, they should wake up and move forward until they achieve. The vast technological world is fast moving to a mobile-centric model. As such, entrepreneurs should take into account their investments in legacy industries. Finally, he recommends the book “Life 3.0” by Max Tegmark for the community to read. The book provides a larger realm why Al is critical and how it looks forward to changing the world.
In town for Interpol World 2017, William Saito, special adviser to Japan’s cabinet, talks about the Japan-EU trade deal and the third arrow in Abenomics.