View of Artifact
President, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
People often talk of their views of nature. They scarcely touch, however, on their views of artifact. It is strange because we human beings are surrounded by innumerable artifacts and are extremely influenced by them in everyday lives. We can reasonably guess that people have their own views of artifact. Therefore, if people do not aware of the views of artifact consciously, it should be concluded that people believe they have already entire and precise knowledge about all artifacts and need not discuss any more special views about them. The view of nature is what people perceive and manage nature by. On the other hand, the view of artifact decides not only how to perceive and use artifacts but also what to make artifacts. The last is the most important for the made is influenced by the view of artifact and thus the artificial environment in the future will be decided by people’s view of artifact. Because it is an urgent task for human beings to construct and maintain the sustainable environment, it is crucial for us to understand the view of artifact at the present time.