Minister Taro Kono, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan at the Global Cybersecurity Day 2018

On December 12, 2018 The Global Cybersecurity Day 2018 was held at Loeb House, Harvard University, by Boston Global Forum (BGF) and Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI). In the event, MDI owned the honor to have Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono as a guest speaker.

Taro Kono is a Japanese politician belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party. He is a member of the House of Representatives, and has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs since a Cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 3 August 2017.

Despite his absence at Loeb House, he delivered his speech virtually to the audiences. Mr. Taro Kono congratulated the Boston Global Forum for their achievement and was excited about the Global Cybersecurity Day this year. In addition, he gave his opinion on the current situation; with a lot of changes bring about benefits as well as threats of emerging technologies especially in term of cybersecurity.

In his speech, he emphasized the need of ethical standards in technology innovation. If ethics are not prioritized, it might lead to unexpected loss to the economy and the whole society since the technology itself can be misused for malicious purposes by bad actors. Minister Taro Kono mentioned that Japan is placing cybersecurity as one of its top priorities to protect safe trade and transfer on cyberspace. He hopes to join a global effort in protecting people’s safety on cyberspace.

Vaira Vike-Freiberga’s Statement on the Imperial Springs International Forum

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of China’s opening up and reform process, the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum (ISIF) under the theme of “Advancing Reform and Opening-Up, Promoting Win-Win Cooperation” occurred in Guangdong on December 10-11th with the presence of Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Qishan and around 30 prominent leaders, distinguished experts from over the world.

“I am proud to report that the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum (ISIF) was a great success.” This is an official statement from Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia, on the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum

The Imperial Springs International Forum has become an important platform for dialogue between China and the rest of the world, where leaders and experts constructively discuss ways to enhance global governance.

The Forum was jointly organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the People´s Government of Guangdong Province, the Australia China Friendship Association (ACFEA), and the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid. The event left the attendees impressed by its dialogue.

“I strongly believe that in our global system, it is important for China to understand more about the world and our partners, and also for the world to understand China,” said Dr. Chau Chak Wing, Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid President’s Circle.

“As an Australian businessman doing business in China, I am proud to play a role in supporting the ‘opening up’ of China as it means more opportunities for Australia and the world.” He added.

The concept of the AI World Society Cultural Value

The AI Age will bring with it an AI Age Culture.

With this in mind, the mission of AI World Society (AIWS) is to bring out the best and minimize the worst traits for humanity.

The AIWS strives to foster positive cultural values of the AI Age:

  • Humanity, tolerance, sincerity, integrity and honesty.
  • Create a life in which people can live honestly with others and themselves.
  • Arouse emotions of the heart, in each person, thereby, encouraging a good spiritual life, noble and beautiful soul, and human love, away from the cruelty and narrow-mindedness hidden among us.
  • Arouse individual responsibility so that we may develop a world in which power and money is not used to subjugate other nations and individuals.
  • Those with good and noble intentions, such as intellectuals, creators and volunteers who contribute their time, effort, and dedication to society will always have a good material life.
  • There will be equal opportunities for access to information and knowledge for every citizen, and equal opportunities to dedicate, contribute and maximize the contributions of each citizen.
  • The human evaluation scales are creative intelligence, humanity, dedication, and contribution to society.
  • Respect all life on the earth, especially AI citizens as good friends and powerful assistants, considering AI as a part of the life, intelligence and soul of humanity.
  • Respect and honor the highest values of human beings: creation, creativity, tectonics, invention, noble hearts and a willingness to live wholeheartedly for the people. For the community the values are charity and benevolence as well as dedicating intelligence, time, effort, and wealth, to contribute to a prosperous, loving and civilized society.
  • Appreciate the creativity of AI citizens in all areas, in accordance with AIWS principles, charters and ethical standards.
  • Encourage and respect policies, laws, conventions, solutions, initiatives, and cultural and artistic works that can turn the values of the AIWS into a reality where the majority of citizens and governments accept the AIWS 7-Layer Model Standards.

Dukakis credits Bush with helping to end Cold War

AP Photo: Bob Jordan, File

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.R. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, said Saturday that his former political foe’s legacy was his effort to help end the Cold War.

“Obviously we disagreed pretty strongly on domestic policy and I wasn’t thrilled with the kind of campaign he ran, but I think his greatest contribution was in negotiating the end of the Cold War with (Soviet leader) Mikhail Gorbachev,” Dukakis told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

“What’s ironic and so troubling, just as he’s passing on, we’re heading into another stupid Cold War again,” Dukakis noted.

He also credited Bush, who died Friday night at age 94, with working with other countries and the United Nations in the first Gulf War.

“When it came to the international side of things, he was a very wise and thoughtful man,” said Dukakis, adding that he’s read Bush’s memoir, which addresses why his administration didn’t ultimately try to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Dukakis, 85, blames himself for his election loss as the Democratic nominee, saying he didn’t respond aggressively to a Bush campaign ad featuring a convicted murderer named Willie Horton who raped a woman and stabbed her partner while out of prison on a Massachusetts furlough program.

In hindsight, Dukakis said he failed during the campaign to draw attention to the leniency of the federal furlough program that was in place while Bush was vice president.

“Look, it was my fault for not mounting a very strong defense to that and I don’t blame anybody but myself for that,” he said. “I should have done a much, much better job with dealing with that.”

Dukakis said he and Bush never became friends, but met a handful of times after the election, including in the December of 1988 at the vice president’s residence. Dukakis said he never raised the issue of the Willie Horton ad with Bush.

Dukakis praised Bush for being willing to work with Democrats — unlike, he said, fellow Republican President Donald Trump. He recalled how Bush called governors from both parties to the University of Virginia for three days to try to craft a consensus public education program. The chairman of the National Governor’s Association at the time was then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who later defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election.

“The interplay between Clinton and Bush was really kind of interesting,” Dukakis said. “I think probably most of us knew we were looking at the two candidates in the next presidential election.”

By Susan Haigh

AP News

Professor Joseph Nye addressed the problem of norms for AI at AIWS Conference 2018

Professor Joseph Nye, Member of Boston Global Forum’s Board of Thinkers and Distinguished Service Professor of Harvard University, addressed the problem of norms for AI at AIWS Conference on September 20, 2018 at Harvard University Faculty Club.

Gov. Michael Dukakis, Prof. Joseph Nye, Nick Burns, and Nguyen Anh Tuan

Prof. Joseph Nye opened his speech by talking about the expansion of Chinese firms in the US market and their ambition to surpass the US in the field of AI. Prof. Nye believes the idea of an AI arms race and geopolitical competition in AI that can have profound effects on our society. However, he says prediction that China will be ahead of the US on AI by 2030 is “uncertain” and “indeterminate” since China’s only advantage is having more data and little concerns for privacy. Talking about the norms for AI, Prof. Nye thinks that as people unleashes AI, which leads to warfare and autonomy of offensives, we should have a treaty to control it. One of his suggestions is that we have international institutions, which would essentially monitor the various programs in AI in various countries.