Crossing the Chasm: Guiding Digital Network Technology into the Consumer World


Yoshiaki Kushiki

Managing Director, Member of the Board
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

Mr. Kushiki received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University in 1968. He joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. in 1968.
He has been a Managing Director, Member of the board of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. since 2001.
Recently he is in charge of strategic planning and management of R&D of multimedia and software technologies including digital TV broadcasting, network systems, mobile communication, and networked CE.
Previously, Mr. Kushiki worked on microcomputer architectures, operating systems, and image and speech processing/recognition. He led the world’s first application of microcomputer technology to consumer electronics equipment and the creation of worldwide standards for interactive TV middleware for digital broadcasting.
He is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the Japan Society for Software Science and Technology, The Institute of Image information and Television Engineers, ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society.


From the TV to the VCR to the DVD, it has been the role of the consumer electronics industry to package sophisticated technology in a form that brings value and enjoyment to the mass of consumers.
The next generations of consumer devices will be formed by the melding of the sophistication of network technology with the ease of use of today's consumer electronics. To create this new world of Networked Consumer Electronics,
a whole host of technology problems need to be solved. In this talk, some of these problems are outlined, the state of art in solving them is discussed, and some specific requirements for future technological development are exposed.

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