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Diplo Blog

EspriTech de Genève: Nexus between technology and humanity

Jovan Kurbalija

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 as we find ourselves at a turning point, facing both changes and challenges triggered by fast technological growth. Once again, humanity steps out of its […]

The Vienna Nexus: Five thinkers who coded the operating system of modernity

Jovan Kurbalija

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 Mises, Joseph Schumpeter, Friedrich Hayek, Sigmund Freud, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Their concepts have shaped digital and AI eras: Von Mises (centrality of choice), Schumpeter (creative destruction), Hayek (centrality of knowledge), Freud (psychoanalysis), and Wittgenstein (language and probability). We should look back at their work to better understand our time and the changes that are coming.

Ubuntu Ethos: African Insights for Ethical AI 

Jovan Kurbalija

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, champions harmonious relationships among individuals and communities. This philosophy offers valuable insights into the critical facets of AI development: epistemology, ethics, and governance.

Axial Age in China: Timeless reflections for AI era from Chinese philosophy  

Jovan Kurbalija

16 August 2023

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 the major dilemmas of AI era related to humanism and governance. With China at the forefront of AI innovation and being a global digital powerhouse, understanding these ancient philosophies provides invaluable insights for the AI governance.

From the Parthenon to Patterns: Ancient Greek philosophy for the AI Era

Jovan Kurbalija

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 the digital age. From techno-scepticism to the balance of data and wisdom, understand how age-old philosophical teachings remain remarkably relevant in our journey from the Parthenon to AI frontiers.

Journey of Zero: How a simple number revolutionised the world from ancient India to our digital era

Jovan Kurbalija

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 uncovering the fascinating journey of a number that revolutionised mathematics, technology, and human thought.

On the threshold of the AI Axial Age

Jovan Kurbalija

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. It's time for a collective call to action, engaging everyone from governments to individuals. Let's craft a future that balances technological advances with human values.

What can Socrates teach us about AI and prompting?

Jovan Kurbalija

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 multiple disciplines. The post also discusses the challenges organizations face while harnessing AI tools, offering solutions such as developing internal AI systems and creating prompt libraries. By combining the wisdom of Socrates with the advancements of AI, the blog argues we can enhance intellectual growth and societal advancement.

Exploring the power of AI: Diplomatic language as Turing test

Jovan Kurbalija

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 of diplomatic language.

Can AI understand our language?

Jovana Martić

Our comparative research looks into two types of speeches: general diplomatic speeches and specialised internet governance speeches.