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Religious history and big data

Aldo Matteucci

In 2015, Aldo Matteucci commented on the ambitious plan for a big data-driven encyclopedia of religious cultural history, highlighting issues with Western biases and the difficulty of quantifying religious experiences.

AI optimism in geopolitically pessimistic Davos


02 February 2024

Artificial Intelligence

Davos showcased AI optimism against a backdrop of global unease, highlighting a shift from fears of technological risks to focusing on governance and positive applications. The dialogue emphasized the economic potential of open-source AI, marking a move towards balanced, informed discussions about technology's future

How can we deal with AI risks?

Jovan Kurbalija

08 November 2023

Artificial Intelligence

Categorising strategies for managing AI risks into immediate, mid-term, and long-term threats. We emphasize a balanced approach to risk management, suggesting a comprehensive governance framework that includes regulatory measures to ensure AI's benefits outweigh its risks​

IGF 2023: Grasping AI while walking in the steps of Kyoto philosophers

Jovan Kurbalija

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.

Diplomatic and AI hallucinations: How can thinking outside the box help solve global problems?

Jovan Kurbalija

We examine the use of AI "hallucinations" in diplomacy, showing how AI analysis of UN speeches can reveal unique insights. It argues that the unexpected outputs of AI could lead to new ways of solving global issues, promoting the idea of creatively utilizing AI's quirks for innovative problem-solving

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.

The Ambassadors Reimagined: How Holbein’s painting can inspire global AI negotiations?

Jovan Kurbalija

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 scientific progress and risks of conflicts and tensions. You can read what today's AI negotiations can learn from Holbein's ambassadors.

Renaissance and Enlightenment: Canvas for AI Era

Jovan Kurbalija

We examine the legacy of the Renaissance and Enlightenment for the AI era, focusing on their emphasis on humanity and rationality. We explore how their intellectual foundations can guide modern AI development, ensuring that technological advancements are aligned with humanistic values and ethical considerations

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.