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The waning of mind maps

Aldo Matteucci

07 June 2024

There has been a steady shift from using mind maps to relying on external maps. What impact does this have on human cognition and our decision-making processes? Aldo Matteucci analyses.

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.

AI@UN: Navigating the tightrope between innovation and impartiality

Jovan Kurbalija

The UN faces the challenge of integrating AI in a way that maintains its impartiality and credibility, advocating for an open-source AI platform contributed to by countries, companies, and citizens to ensure transparency, inclusivity, and adherence to its core principles.

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.

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.

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.

Diplomacy and spying

Aldo Matteucci

Governments spying is common, but diplomats should not. In this post, Aldo Matteucci explores the importance of privacy, autonomy, and creativity in diplomacy, warns against the threats from public opinion, and advocates for pragmatic transparency.

Chatting with Perplexity, AI assistant: A non-traditional but genuine interview

Petru Dumitriu

Foreword I have just had a unique and highly interesting experience. Instead of asking other people about artificial intelligence, I asked for an interview with a “representative” of Artificial Intelligence (AI) itself: Perplexity. The conversation was particularly useful, at least for me. In the eyes of Perplexity, I was just a faceless and nameless user. […]

Reducing terminological confusion: Is it digital or internet or AI governance?

Jovan Kurbalija

The blog discusses the importance of distinguishing between digital and internet governance. It emphasizes the need for precision in terminology to accurately describe online activities and the governance required. While the terms are often used interchangeably, they highlight the specificities of each term and the implications of their usage in discussions around governance. The text advocates for a clear understanding of the nuances between digital and internet governance to enhance communication and decision-making in this realm.

Video games for diplomats?

Aldo Matteucci

04 May 2024

Could video games improve how diplomats learn? And how do they enhance skills in decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic thinking? Aldo Matteucci analyses.