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NEXT: Story 1 – The Future of AI and the Emergence of the Empathy Economy

PICHTR’s Ian Kitajima and Dr. Mark Kimura’s conversation highlighting the transformative potential of AI and the importance of maintaining a focus on empathy and human connection.

Mark and Ian discussed their history of working together on applied AI projects, emphasizing the rapid advancements in AI technology and its implications for the future. They explored the concept of an “empathy economy,” where human connection and empathy become central as AI handles productivity tasks. They also touched on the potential societal impacts of AI, including the importance of authenticity and creativity in a future where AI is ubiquitous. They used AI to transcribe a one hour discussion, and to create the following summaries with time stamps.

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June 2024

The Pacific Alliance for Collaboration and Technology (PACT) Symposium

The PACT Symposium, presented by, promote ongoing engagement between the dual-use innovation ecosystem, traditional defense companies, and government/military end-users to accelerate the development and scaling of new technologies for national and regional security.
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May 2024

iQ360 | Design Thinking

A 2 part interview series with PICHTR’s Ian Kitajima on design thinking.
Part 1
Part 2

March 2024

Partnerships for Climate Technology (PaCT) Conference: Using Novel & Breakthrough Technologies for Climate Change Resiliency

February 5 -6, 2024

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PICHTR Announces J-StarX Dual-Use Technology Accelerator Program Companies

New program equips Japanese startup entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and network for successful international dual-use collaborations.

January 23, 2024

PICHTR Launches J-StarX Hawaii-PICHTR Course

PICHTR announced the launch of its new startup accelerator called J-StarX Hawaii-PICHTR Course. PICHTR, a distinguished Hawaii not-for-profit organization known for its impactful programs was selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan to create and operate this program.

November 1, 2023

Hawaii Business | AI In Hawaii

PICHTR’s Ian Kitajima participates in a panel discussion on AI in Hawaii hosted by Hawaii Business Magazine.

October 2023

Press Release | PICHTR and WAI Grant

PICHTR and WAI Help Access $1 Million in Federal Funding to Create Workforce Training and Address Hawai’i’s Wastewater Pollution Issues

February 1, 2023

Hawaii Public Radio | Bytemarks Cafe Interview

Listen to PICHTR’s Veronica Rocha discuss our Climate Grants Accelerator Program with Burt Lum, the host of Bytemarks Café


April 20, 2022

Press Release | PICHTR Launches Hawaii’s First Climate Grants Accelerator

One stop shop supports NGOs, government entities and businesses pursuing federal funding for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience initiatives

April 12, 2022