Professor Alex Pentland’s highlights at “Peace for the Global Enlightenment Age”

Professor Alex Pentland’s highlights at “Peace for the Global Enlightenment Age”

“And a lot of the focus that we have is in taking the two centuries old idea of census data and augmenting it to have richer census data. So, the census data is something that it’s hard to appreciate, but any sort of modern management of society, government services depend on knowing where the people are and something about them and not at the individual level, but at the neighborhood level.”

“So, in the United States most people on the left top graph believe that the people on the right are more extreme, more interested in subverting democracy. They’re really engaged in a culture war.

But the truth is very different. If you actually go and you sample in a scientific way very few people on the right are as radical as they’re painted. In fact, most are quite moderate and willing to support engagement. And the same is true about the right’s belief about the left’s opinion. The right believe that the left is full of crazies. But the truth is if you actually go and you ask people one on one for their actual opinions, they’re very much more moderate. And so, it’s this lack of knowledge of the other side that is driving this notion that the other guys are cheating and we need to take radical action in order to be able to protect ourselves.

And I put peace and war up here in the United States, it’s not that extreme yet but it’s perhaps closer than we would like to believe. But this is a general psychological process. When people don’t interact broadly, they develop suspicions of each other. And what we found is just showing people what we showed you just now.

In other words, this notion of what the real beliefs are of the other people has a dramatic change on people’s beliefs and their willingness to subvert democracy, their willingness to promote radical effects. In fact, it’s something where perhaps extreme beliefs, the warlike attitude of each group can be decreased by something on the order of 50% just by having trusted the third party data.

This is the sort of thing that I think that the UN in particular could be very good at is. What are the actual beliefs of the people in each of these countries? Are they actually trying to subvert the peace or are they not? This may not apply very much to situation like the Ukraine Russian war because that seems to be something that comes generally from a small coterie of people at the top.

But if the Russian people had been much more aware of what was happening or had much more access to the true opinions about Ukrainians, it would have been much more difficult for the people at the top to fan the flames of war.”

BGF, MIT Connection Science, and professor Alex Pentland to co-organize high level discussion of the United Nations Centennial Initiative at Stanford University

BGF, MIT Connection Science, and professor Alex Pentland to co-organize high level discussion of the United Nations Centennial Initiative at Stanford University

The Boston Global Forum (BGF), MIT Connection Science, and professor Alex Pentland will co-organize the high-level discussion “Teach for Peace,” as a part of the United Nations Centennial Initiative at Stanford University in November 2022.

Professor Alex Sandy Pentland will lead these meetings. Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the BGF will join the events and meet and discuss with Stanford professors and leaders of companies in Silicon Valley to develop the United Nations Centennial Initiative and AIWS City in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

How to solve AI’s “common sense” problem

How to solve AI’s “common sense” problem

“In their new book Machines Like Us, computer scientists Ronald J. Brachman and Hector J. Levesque discuss their view and potential solution to this missing piece of the AI puzzle, which has eluded researchers for decades. In an interview with TechTalks, Brachman discussed what common sense is and isn’t, why machines don’t have it, and how “knowledge representation,” a concept that has been around for decades but has fallen by the wayside during the deep learning craze, can steer the AI community in the right direction.”

Go deeper at: https://bdtechtalks.com/2022/08/08/machines-like-us-review/

AIWS.net includes news reports, analysis and reflections by distinguished thinkers and innovators supporting innovations and solutions for “Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment” and the United Nations Centennial initiative, looking at how the world might be in 2045 when the global organization completes a hundred years. 

Belfer Center releases the National Cyber Power Index 2022

Belfer Center releases the National Cyber Power Index 2022

Over the past two years, the National Cyber Power Index (NCPI) has catalysed conversations and debate between policymakers, academia, and industry on the concept of cyber power and how states are and can further harness their capabilities to enhance their overall ability to achieve national objectives.

Harnessing a state’s cyber power requires a whole-of-nation approach. National governments should not just be concerned about destructive operations, espionage, or enhancing its cyber resilience, but also other state’s efforts at surveillance, information control, technology competition, financial motivations, and shaping what is acceptable and possible through norms and standards.

The Global Alliance for Digital Governance (GADG) was established through a collaboration of the Boston Global Forum and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid at the Policy Lab on September 7-9, 2021.

GADG do:
Coordinate resources: governments, international organizations, corporations, think tanks, civil society, and influencers for AI and a digital sphere for good, to make these resources more effective, to synthesize and maximize their impact, and to create more implementation-oriented conferences.
Protect fundamental values and standards proposed in Social Contract for the AI Age, in AI International Accord and in the book Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.

https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/national-cyber-power-index-2022

Official launching of the website Shinzo Abe Initiative for Peace and Security at Abe.AIWS.City

Official launching of the website Shinzo Abe Initiative for Peace and Security at Abe.AIWS.City

On September 26, 2022, one day before national funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Boston Global Forum officially launches the website Shinzo Abe Initiative for Peace and Security at Abe.AIWS.city.

We invite people to pray for Shinzo Abe by sending words, pictures, songs to [email protected], or at https://abe.aiws.city/

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s state funeral is confirmed to be held in Tokyo on September 27, 2022 with an expected attendance of 6,000 guests including local and foreign dignitaries.

World leaders who have confirmed their attendance include US Vice President Kamala Harris, and Australian PM Anthony Albanese and his delegation. Three former Australian leaders John Howard, Tony Abbott, and Malcolm Turnbull, who had all worked with Abe and his premiership from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020, will join as part of Australia’s official delegation.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will also attend the late Abe’s state funeral.

The Taiwanese foreign ministry is reportedly in discussions about whom it will send as a representative.

At a committee meeting, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida revealed other world leaders who plan to attend the funeral, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and European Council President Charles Michel.

The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 8, 2022 has generated approximately 1,700 messages of condolence messages from 259 countries, regions, and international organizations. The attendance of prominent world leaders at his state funeral further underscores the long-lasting impact of Japan’s longest-serving former prime minister on the region and the world.

The Shinzo Abe Initiative for Peace and Security was established by the Boston Global Forum, where the late Shinzo Abe participated in numerous events and received the World Leaders Award for Peace and Security in 2015. The Initiative aims not only to honor Abe’s significant contributions and dedication to world peace and security, but also to connect world leaders (leaders of government and businesses), scholars, thinkers, and creators to continue his legacy and work toward world peace, security, and prosperity.