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The Overlooked Peril: Cyber failures amidst AI hype

Jovan Kurbalija

Today's CloudStrike failure has jolted us into a harsh reality. For the past two years, the tech world has been abuzz with discussions about the potential risks of AI. Conferences, initiatives, and think tanks have dedicated countless hours to debating the hypothetical dangers AI might pose in the future. However, while our attention was fixed on the AI horizon, a more immediate threat lurked in the shadows of our increasingly complex digital infrastructure.

The price of ignoring context in problem-solving

Aldo Matteucci

15 July 2024

Without context, problem-solving skills suffer, affecting both personal and social effectiveness. Aldo Matteucci explains why cultivating creativity and contextual awareness is essential.

Are states truly unitary actors?

Aldo Matteucci

11 July 2024

The 'realism' theory assumes states have a single coherent principal directing subordinate agents, but history tells a different story. WWI, the 1941 USA–Japan oil embargo, and the Vietnam War reveal complex internal dynamics.

Inviolability of embassies and consulates: The recent example of Israel and Iran

Alan Franklin

How do recent attacks on the Iranian Consulate in Syria and subsequent retaliations impact international law? Alan Franklin explores the legal nuances of the Israel–Iran conflict.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Chatbot, and the Word was Chatbot

Marko Marković

How do chatbots like Chatbot actually work? The post looks at the processes which allow chatbots to learn and work.

Global Affairs Canada: What are the lessons?

Alan Franklin

Global Affairs Canada's latest report reveals serious misconduct by diplomatic staff. With robust whistle-blower protections and strict disciplinary actions, will this change diplomatic behaviour? Lessons for others to consider.

The evolution of state virtue: From Plato to Adam Smith

Aldo Matteucci

27 June 2024

Plato asked if states could possess virtues like wisdom and justice. The post analyses what thinkers like Machiavelli and Adam Smith have said about it, and why the notion matters for modern governance.

The hidden layers of consciousness

Aldo Matteucci

18 June 2024

Discover how consciousness is connected to social behaviour, and how our subjective experiences shape our reality.

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.