Society 5.0: Innovation, Uncertainty and Social Sciences

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

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Dear Colleagues,

Society 5.0, by proposing to further the potential of the individual-technology relationship in fostering the enhancement of the quality of life of all people through a super smart society, is an extremely recent concept that will potentially be a core notion in a very near future, as a guide for social development in diverse societal contexts and that may have a profound impact on societies at all levels, such as in terms of quality of life and sustainability. Society 5.0 emerges, to a great extent, as a (con)sequence of the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the mobilization of technology for production. But will it be an essentially political-ideological concept applied and implied in Japan?

This Special Issue aims to deepen, through empirical research or reflection, on what is the contribution of the social sciences in the analysis and innovation of Society 5.0, the (un)successes, the impacts and uncertainties that emerge from its design and implementation and that may be materialized in issues such as the uncertainty generated by Society 5.0, its relevance and the possibility of application in several social contexts; reasoned reflections with a prospective component of a phenomenon that generates indeterminacy and uncertainty are present, among others. In short, this Special Issue is a contribution to expand our understanding of this phenomenon, at all levels of open analysis, which seeks, above all, to contribute to opening up this debate and introduce lines of research from social sciences’ perspectives.

So as to meet this purpose, this Special Issue of Social Sciences aims to invite the submission of original manuscripts (whether in the form of research, reviews, theoretical papers or reasoned essays, whatever the methodology used), from a disciplinary or interdisciplinary stance.

Dr. Sandro Serpa
Dr. Carlos Miguel Ferreira
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  • Society 5.0;
  • social innovation;
  • social participation;
  • change;
  • technology;
  • corporate responsibility;
  • sustainable innovation

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Who Will Be the Members of Society 5.0? Towards an Anthropology of Technologically Posthumanized Future Societies
by Matthew E. Gladden
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(5), 148; - 10 May 2019
Cited by 108 | Viewed by 18677
The Government of Japan’s “Society 5.0” initiative aims to create a cyber-physical society in which (among other things) citizens’ daily lives will be enhanced through increasingly close collaboration with artificially intelligent systems. However, an apparent paradox lies at the heart of efforts to [...] Read more.
The Government of Japan’s “Society 5.0” initiative aims to create a cyber-physical society in which (among other things) citizens’ daily lives will be enhanced through increasingly close collaboration with artificially intelligent systems. However, an apparent paradox lies at the heart of efforts to create a more “human-centered” society in which human beings will live alongside a proliferating array of increasingly autonomous social robots and embodied AI. This study seeks to investigate the presumed human-centeredness of Society 5.0 by comparing its makeup with that of earlier societies. By distinguishing “technological” and “non-technological” processes of posthumanization and applying a phenomenological anthropological model, this study demonstrates: (1) how the diverse types of human and non-human members expected to participate in Society 5.0 differ qualitatively from one another; (2) how the dynamics that will shape the membership of Society 5.0 can be conceptualized; and (3) how the anticipated membership of Society 5.0 differs from that of Societies 1.0 through 4.0. This study describes six categories of prospective human and non-human members of Society 5.0 and shows that all six have analogues in earlier societies, which suggests that social scientific analysis of past societies may shed unexpected light on the nature of Society 5.0. Full article
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