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Tokyo's AI Boy Shibuya Gets Official Residency

Published on November 07, 2017
A virtual character, named Shibuya Mirai that resembles a chatty 7-year-old boy has been granted official residency of a busy central Tokyo district Shibuya.

Tokyo's AI Boy Shibuya Gets Official Residency

  • Shibuya district is known for its fashion-conscious young people and the district has given the character his own special residence certificate.
  • After receiving the residence certificate Mirai has become Japan’s first, and maybe the world’s first, artificial intelligence bot to be granted a place on a real-life local registry.
  • Mirai, whose name means “future” in Japanese, is supposed to be a first grader at an elementary school.
  • “Shibuya Mirai” does not exist physically, but he is able to text conversations with humans on the  LINE messaging app.
  • Mirai reply to messages and make light-hearted alterations to selfies he is sent. 
  • He loves painting and chatting with people, taking pictures and observing humans.

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