AI Seasons

From the winter of excitement through the spring of metaphors and the summer of reflections to the autumn of clarity, 2023 has been a year of significant paradigm shifts and major developments in various aspects of AI.

Winter of excitement 

In November, Chat GPT was launched with a lot of excitement. We were writing papers, poems, and immersing in the magic of new tools. 

Spring of metaphors 

After initial magic, we started explaining this tool to ourselves. We did it via metaphors and analogies of what we already know. Metaphors were marshalled, including scary ones.

Summer of reflection 

Summer was quiet and time for reflections on AI. Jovan wrote a series of texts revisiting the history of philosophy through the lenses of AI. 

Autumn of clarity

It is time for clarity. AI is negotiated in the UN and bodies worldwide. Analogies that AI governance should be like IAIA or CERN, or IPCC should be revisited in the view of what is similar and different to AI field.


Autumn 2023

Four seasons of AI: From excitement to clarity in the first year of ChatGPT
Since the launch of ChatGPT, AI has evolved from a winter of excitement via a spring of metaphors and a summer of reflections to an autumn of clarity… Read more.
Four seasons of AI: From excitement to clarity in the first year of ChatGPT
Since the launch of ChatGPT, AI has evolved from a winter of excitement via a spring of metaphors and a summer of reflections to an autumn of clarity… Read more.
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How can legal wisdom from 19th-century Montenegro and Valtazar Bogišić help AI regulation
Our quest for effective AI governance can be informed by legal wisdom of Valtazar Bogisic, drafter of the Montenegrin civil code (1888) Read more.
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How can legal wisdom from 19th-century Montenegro and Valtazar Bogišić help AI regulation
Our quest for effective AI governance can be informed by legal wisdom of Valtazar Bogisic, drafter of the Montenegrin civil code (1888) Read more.
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How can we deal with AI risks?
Clarity in dealing with ‘known’ and transparency in addressing ‘unknown’ AI risks In the fervent discourse on AI governance, there’s an oversized focus on the risks from future AI, compared… Read more.
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How can we deal with AI risks?
Clarity in dealing with ‘known’ and transparency in addressing ‘unknown’ AI risks In the fervent discourse on AI governance, there’s an oversized focus on the risks from future AI, compared… Read more.
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Jua Kali AI: Bottom-up algorithms for a Bottom-up economy
As AI becomes a cornerstone of the global economy, its foundations must be anchored in community-driven data, knowledge, and wisdom. Read more.
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Jua Kali AI: Bottom-up algorithms for a Bottom-up economy
As AI becomes a cornerstone of the global economy, its foundations must be anchored in community-driven data, knowledge, and wisdom. Read more.
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IGF 2023: Grasping AI while walking in the steps of Kyoto philosophers
Read more on relevance of Kyoto Philosophy School for AI governance. Nishodo Kitara’s wisdom helps envision an AI future as an extension of our quest for meaning. Read more.
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IGF 2023: Grasping AI while walking in the steps of Kyoto philosophers
Read more on relevance of Kyoto Philosophy School for AI governance. Nishodo Kitara’s wisdom helps envision an AI future as an extension of our quest for meaning. Read more.
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Diplomatic and AI hallucinations: How can thinking outside the box help solve global problems?
Last week, as the corridors of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) buzzed with the chatter of global leaders, our team at Diplo delved into an unusual experiment: the analysis of… Read more.
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Diplomatic and AI hallucinations: How can thinking outside the box help solve global problems?
Last week, as the corridors of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) buzzed with the chatter of global leaders, our team at Diplo delved into an unusual experiment: the analysis of… Read more.
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We have come to the end of our summer journey of ‘Recycling ideas’. We gathered ideas, concepts, and traditions that can help us build a social contract for the AI era. Building on these rich traditions and beliefs across cultures and centuries,  we would be better equipped to address AI governance ahead of us. 

In September, AI governance debates will jump-start during the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, a closed-door US Senate Session, and new AI regulatory initiatives in capitals worldwide. 

We will enter an Axial age analogous to one that happened, according to German philosopher Karl Jasper, from 8 BC to 1 AD. He named this period ‘Axial Age’ as a time when “the spiritual cornerstones of humanity were established, both simultaneously and independently, through a plethora of religions and philosophical systems:

Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism in India; Taoism and Confucianism in China; Zoroastrianism in Persia; the teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle in Greece; Judaism and Christianity in the Middle East; and Ubuntu in Africa.

Collectively, these belief systems forged a societal ‘operating system’ that continues to run our society until our time.

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Now, as we stand at another pivotal moment, we must delve deep into this heritage to grapple with looming questions:

Will AI usurp human agency? Can humans retain the reins of our civilisation’s ‘mission control’? Will our age-old moral compass, which distinguishes right from wrong, endure in a digital age? And what must we do to ensure both technological and societal evolution?

Our quest for these answers might herald a new Axial Age that reshapes our understanding of human existence and the fabric of society.

Conversations in households, academic forums, religious assemblies, and political venues are shaping the foundations of the AI Axial Age. They touch upon our purpose, identity, and ethics.


Summer 2023

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EspriTech de Genève: Nexus between technology and humanity
At our last stop of the summer journey ‘Recycling ideas’, we come to Geneva, a meeting place of technology and humanity for centuries. The city’s role is gaining new relevance… Read more.
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EspriTech de Genève: Nexus between technology and humanity
At our last stop of the summer journey ‘Recycling ideas’, we come to Geneva, a meeting place of technology and humanity for centuries. The city’s role is gaining new relevance… Read more.
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Ubuntu Ethos: African Insights for Ethical AI 
As negotiations on AI governance unfold, Africa’s participation is pivotal. The continent could contribute its Ubuntu etho-philosophy to the global shaping of AI rules. Ubuntu, deeply ingrained in African culture,… Read more.
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Ubuntu Ethos: African Insights for Ethical AI 
As negotiations on AI governance unfold, Africa’s participation is pivotal. The continent could contribute its Ubuntu etho-philosophy to the global shaping of AI rules. Ubuntu, deeply ingrained in African culture,… Read more.
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The Vienna Nexus: Five thinkers who coded the operating system of modernity
If you look for the source code of the operating system of modernity, you will end up in Vienna between the two world wars with five main thinkers: Ludwig Von… Read more.
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The Vienna Nexus: Five thinkers who coded the operating system of modernity
If you look for the source code of the operating system of modernity, you will end up in Vienna between the two world wars with five main thinkers: Ludwig Von… Read more.
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The Ambassadors Reimagined: How Holbein’s painting can inspire global AI negotiations?
The Ambassadors, Holbein’s painting from 1533, has a strong symbolic meaning relevant to the AI era. Like in 16th century, we face a similar flux between the major promises of… Read more.
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The Ambassadors Reimagined: How Holbein’s painting can inspire global AI negotiations?
The Ambassadors, Holbein’s painting from 1533, has a strong symbolic meaning relevant to the AI era. Like in 16th century, we face a similar flux between the major promises of… Read more.
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Renaissance and Enlightenment: Canvas for AI Era
This text provides a critical analysis of the interplay between rationality and humanity, their evolution as fundamental pillars of modernity, and the challenges that AI brings to these pillars. AI… Read more.
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Renaissance and Enlightenment: Canvas for AI Era
This text provides a critical analysis of the interplay between rationality and humanity, their evolution as fundamental pillars of modernity, and the challenges that AI brings to these pillars. AI… Read more.
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Axial Age in China: Timeless reflections for AI era from Chinese philosophy  
This text delves into the wisdom of thinkers like Shang Yang, Confucius, and Lao Tze, illustrating their relevance in today’s AI landscape. Their teachings could inspire striking right balances among… Read more.
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Axial Age in China: Timeless reflections for AI era from Chinese philosophy  
This text delves into the wisdom of thinkers like Shang Yang, Confucius, and Lao Tze, illustrating their relevance in today’s AI landscape. Their teachings could inspire striking right balances among… Read more.
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From the Parthenon to Patterns: Ancient Greek philosophy for the AI Era
Exploring the intersections of Ancient Greek philosophy and modern AI: Delve into the timeless insights of Socrates, Plato, and the Phaedrus dialogue as we navigate the challenges and opportunities of… Read more.
From the Parthenon to
From the Parthenon to Patterns: Ancient Greek philosophy for the AI Era
Exploring the intersections of Ancient Greek philosophy and modern AI: Delve into the timeless insights of Socrates, Plato, and the Phaedrus dialogue as we navigate the challenges and opportunities of… Read more.
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Journey of Zero: How a simple number revolutionised the world from ancient India to our digital era
Discover the evolution of the number zero, tracing its origins from ancient India, its role in the Islamic Golden Age, to its significance in today’s digital world. Join us in… Read more.
Journey of
Journey of Zero: How a simple number revolutionised the world from ancient India to our digital era
Discover the evolution of the number zero, tracing its origins from ancient India, its role in the Islamic Golden Age, to its significance in today’s digital world. Join us in… Read more.
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What can Socrates teach us about AI and prompting?
This text draws parallels between Socratic questioning and AI prompting, underscoring the value of critical thinking in AI interactions. It views AI prompting as a philosophical inquiry that draws on… Read more.
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What can Socrates teach us about AI and prompting?
This text draws parallels between Socratic questioning and AI prompting, underscoring the value of critical thinking in AI interactions. It views AI prompting as a philosophical inquiry that draws on… Read more.
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On the threshold of the AI Axial Age
We’re at a turning point in history, facing an AI Era that echoes the transformative Axial Age. From ethics to identity, peace to prosperity, our choices today shape tomorrow’s world.… Read more.
AIs Axial
On the threshold of the AI Axial Age
We’re at a turning point in history, facing an AI Era that echoes the transformative Axial Age. From ethics to identity, peace to prosperity, our choices today shape tomorrow’s world.… Read more.

More readings
on AI, governance, and philosophy

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To foster human freedom and prosperity, AI must be developed bottom-up!
The bottom-up development of AI is critical for our freedom and prosperity since it offers a way for citizens and communities to regain digital control. Otherwise, the AI future will… Read more.
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To foster human freedom and prosperity, AI must be developed bottom-up!
The bottom-up development of AI is critical for our freedom and prosperity since it offers a way for citizens and communities to regain digital control. Otherwise, the AI future will… Read more.
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Why should we have the right to be imperfect?
Our imperfections define us as much as our perfections. Our right to be imperfect protects our core humanity. It is our refuge in the tech optimisation race, which we cannot… Read more.
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Why should we have the right to be imperfect?
Our imperfections define us as much as our perfections. Our right to be imperfect protects our core humanity. It is our refuge in the tech optimisation race, which we cannot… Read more.
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Exploring the power of AI: Diplomatic language as Turing test
Can AI decipher the complex layers and multifaceted meanings inherent in diplomatic language? The answer is in the power of AI in dealing with ambiguities, analogies, ‘unsaid’, and other characteristics… Read more.
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Exploring the power of AI: Diplomatic language as Turing test
Can AI decipher the complex layers and multifaceted meanings inherent in diplomatic language? The answer is in the power of AI in dealing with ambiguities, analogies, ‘unsaid’, and other characteristics… Read more.
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15 reasons to govern AI with 17 SDGs
Discover how SDGs can be used as AI guardrails. Learn why tech developers, CEOs and investors should follow the SDGs while creating AI platforms. Read more.
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15 reasons to govern AI with 17 SDGs
Discover how SDGs can be used as AI guardrails. Learn why tech developers, CEOs and investors should follow the SDGs while creating AI platforms. Read more.
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Nine reasons to replace the Turing test with a ‘flea market test’ for AI
The Turing test is used to see if a machine (AI) can mimic humans. But as AI advances, the Turing test is not sufficient. We should use the flea market… Read more.
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Nine reasons to replace the Turing test with a ‘flea market test’ for AI
The Turing test is used to see if a machine (AI) can mimic humans. But as AI advances, the Turing test is not sufficient. We should use the flea market… Read more.


humAInism

At Diplo we approach AI from a wide range of perspectives, including technological, governance, diplomatic, philosophical, artistic, and linguistical.

We combine them into a unique interplay for teaching, research, and AI development. Ultimately, they aim at anchoring AI into the core values of humanity (humAInism)

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