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Part 3 – Speaking of futures: Presuppositions

Biljana Scott

In her third post on futures literacy, Dr Biljana Scott delves into presuppositions and their influence on how we perceive the future, especially regarding AI.

Part 2 – Speaking of futures: Que será, será

Biljana Scott

In her second post on futures literacy, Dr Biljana Scott explores the influence of storytelling, logical fallacies, and archetypal themes on our perceptions of the future.

Part 1 – Speaking of futures: Story-capsules

Biljana Scott

Diplo has launched a new futures literacy online course, aligning with the UN's 2024 Summit of the Future. Diplo faculty member and linguist Biljana Scott explores how language shapes our perception of the future, highlighting the importance of recognising unconscious biases.

EspriTech de Genève: Nexus between technology and humanity

Jovan Kurbalija

We introduce "EspriTech de Genève," highlighting the synergy between technology and humanity, inspired by Geneva's unique blend of philosophical and technological heritage. This approach advocates for technology that respects human values, envisioning a future where tech advancements enrich our humanity

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

We explore ancient Chinese philosophy from China's Axial Age, drawing timeless wisdom for today's AI era. Focusing on thinkers like Shang Yang, Confucius, and Lao Tze, we connect their insights to contemporary AI governance, emphasizing balance, ethics, and societal harmony

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

Jovan Kurbalija

Exploring Ancient Greek philosophy's role in today's AI era, we spotlight insights from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle on ethics and governance. Their wisdom aids in addressing AI's ethical challenges, advocating for a balance between tech progress and moral principles, ensuring AI's societal integration reflects timeless virtues.

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. As we navigate this threshold, our collective actions will shape the future of AI integration into daily life, emphasizing the need for inclusive dialogue and ethical considerations in AI development and deployment.