The soft copy of book “Remaking the World – The Age of Global Enlightenment” will be delivered to readers starting on June 21, 2021.
The book will introduce goals of the United Nations Centennial Initiative: contributing ideas and solutions in creating a path, to shape and remake the world in 2045 - the Global Age of Enlightenment. Here is the list of distinguished leaders and thinkers that contributed toward the book and the year of their contributions:
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2015)
Ash Carter, Former US Secretary of Defense (2020)
Vint Cerf, “Father of the Internet”, Google (2020)
Nazli Choucri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 5/2021
Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact (5/2021)
Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Chair, Boston Global Forum (2021)
Robin Kelly, U.S. Representative (Illinois), 2020
Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General (2016)
Didzis Kļaviņš, University of Latvia (2021)
Taro Kono, Defense Minister, Japan (2019)
Zlatko Lagumdzija, Former Prime Minister, Bosnia & Herzegovina (2021)
Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Ambassador to the United States (2021)
Ursula von der Leyen, President of European Commission
Yasuhide Nakayama, Defense State Minister, Japan (2020)
Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, European Commission (2021)
Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO, Boston Global Forum (2021)
Andreas Norlén, Speaker, Swedish Parliament (2020)
Joseph Nye, Harvard University (2020)
Zaneta Ozolina, University of Latvia, Co-Chair of Riga Conference (2021)
Thomas Patterson, Harvard University, 2021
Judea Pearl, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2020
Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2021
Sir Ian Duncan Smith, MP, UK Parliament (2020)
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, Former President of Latvia (2019)
Moving into a new age of technological advancements brings promising potential to world society as Artificial Intelligence becomes a public good used to promote the better well-being of all people. But alongside the opportunities Artificial Intelligence and other technologies have to offer, we also face a threat from private and public entities who aim to exploit the use of these advancements abusing the rights of individuals and the rule of law. AI technologies raise concerns about security, privacy, and fairness in a democratic society.
This phenomenon is not just something we envision in the coming future, but already a practice today both in the public and private sphere.
In order to protect the rights, privacy, and security of all people, a monitoring system must be implemented to supervise actions that violate the rights and security of individuals in democratic values and keep abusers accountable for their actions. A monitor system is of great importance to create a safe environment where there is trust that private and public entities do not take control of personal data through the use of AI for their own means.
Those that misuse their power must face the penalties that come with non-compliance to the norms, standards, common values, and international laws as outlined in the Social Contract for the AI Age and Artificial Intelligence International Accords (AIIA).
Already, Freedom House and other organizations are in place to monitor policies and behaviors in other spheres, but they lack formal authority. The Michael Dukakis Institute can provide a monitoring system to the best of its ability, they must be well structured, staffed, and funded to ensure legitimacy and authority on their assessments and judgments.
The time to implement and support a monitoring system is now as entities already have the capability to infringe on the lives of millions in the world. The cooperation of governments, big corporations, and civil society is of most importance in this time of evolving advancements. Through the implementation of a monitoring system, we can ensure that fundamental human rights, the rule of law, and Social Contract for the AI Age, AI International Accord will be protected in the international community.
This week in The History of AI at AIWS.net - The UN Charter Day Roundtable: A Social Contract in the Age of AI and Intellectual Society was hosted on June 26, 2020.
The roundtable was an event of the UN to discuss the Social Contract 2020 (A New Social Contract in the Age of AI), as well as other new concepts and terms such as “Intellectual Society.” Participants of this roundtable were Governor Michael Dukakis, Nguyen Anh Tuan, professors Thomas Patterson, Nazli Choucri, Alex Pentland, and David Silbersweig. The moderator was Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact, Editor in Chief of The United Nations Chronicle.
This roundtable, albeit happening just in the past year, is a contributing stone to the foundation and the road to the Social Contract 2020, which was released later that year. Thus, the HAI project considers this a milestone in the development of artificial intelligence, in broader society.
Advanced software and cyber-physical systems, so called 'Artificial Intelligence' (AI) systems, and data driven business models increasingly govern portions of our lives: they influence how we work, love, buy, sell, communicate, meet, and navigate. They impact individual rights, social interactions, the economy, and politics. They pose new risks to national security, democratic institutions, individual dignity and human wellbeing.
Yet, citizens and their elected, accountable representatives still lack the institutional means to govern these technologies and to hold their developers and providers accountable. The ubiquitous, pervasive, and invasive, providers of these technologies have used their concentrated economic power to shield themselves from meaningful independent oversight. They work with unique power dynamics, including the ‘winners take all’ effects and a race for a limited pool of talent. Digitization has led to the emergence of what we call hereafter private corporate hegemons. The challenges to both individual rights and democratic institutions by the power they wield include unaccountable governance of communication (controlling who and what gets heard in the public square), spreading mis- and dis-information, mass surveillance, and cyber-vulnerabilities and threats. Meeting these challenges requires more than just incremental legal adjustments on both sides of the Atlantic.
Governments worldwide desire to reap the economic benefits of technologies provided by the hegemons, while at the same time aiming to constrain their power. A fundamental mismatch exists, however, between the pace at which innovative yet destabilizing digital applications can be deployed and the pace, as well as rigor, with which norms, standards and regulations are put in place. To complicate matters, traditional narratives around competition, security, and unfettered innovation undermine the adoption of proper constraints. This creates unhealthy degrees of freedom for hegemons that drive a trajectory of the digital and technological revolution toward unprecedented forms of surveillance capitalism and strategic instability. Governments, stakeholders and citizens on both sides of the Atlantic have therefore rightfully expressed concern that this situation will continue to fragment the societies for which they hold responsibility, weaken democracy and the rule of law, as well as compromise fundamental human and constitutional rights.
In light of these challenges, we have come together in an interdisciplinary Transatlantic Reflection Group on Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of “Artificial Intelligence” to address the systemic challenges to democracy emanating from monopolies and centralized governance of AI. We believe democracy and the rule of law themselves are at stake and we share reflections on the principles that should govern how these challenges are to be addressed.
CONTRIBUTORS to the Reflection Group on Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of “Artificial Intelligence” are, in alphabetical order:
Dr. Greg Adamson
Honorary, Computing and Information Systems
The University of Melbourne
Chief Executive Officer, H5
Chair, Law Committee, IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of A/I Systems
Chair, Law, Science, and Society Initiative, The Future Society
Principal Coordinator, The Athens Roundtable on AI and the Rule of Law
Dr. Bruce Hedin
Principal Scientist, H5
Dr. Mireille Hildebrandt
Co-Director, PI ERC ADG COHUBICOL; Co-Editor in Chief CRCL
Radboud University, Nijmegen
Senior researcher to Law Science Technology and Society (LSTS)
Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Dr. Konstantinos Karachalios
Managing Director, IEEE-SA
Member, IEEE Management Council
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE
Member of the U.K. House of Lords
Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee
Commissioner, UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
Member, UNESCO Working Group on Child Online Safety
Founder & President, The Future Society
Principal Adviser on Justice Policy in the European Commission and visiting Professor of Law at the College of Europe
Tuan Anh Nguyen
CEO of Boston Global Forum
Executive Director of Michael Dukakis Institute
Co-founder of AI World Society
International Policy Director at the Cyber Policy Center
International Policy Fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Former Member of European Parliament
Dr. Sarah Spiekermann
Chair, Institute for Information Systems & Society
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Former chief security officer (CSO) at Facebook
Dr. Thomas Streinz
Adjunct Professor of Law
New York University School of Law
Chair, Technology and Ethics Research Group
Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum, presented AIWS City, AIWS Values, and the United Nations Centennial Initiative at the Horais Global Meeting on June 8, 2021 on the Panel "Envisioning Post-pandemic Smart Cities"
Here are his key messages:
The AIWS innovative economic-political ecosystem is an ecosystem which encourages and helps all citizens to optimize their creativity and capacity development together to build up standards of values and living culture, a good humanistic living environment with kindness and truthfulness from which honest and kind visionaries, who can contribute to creating new thinking and new culture, can be recognized and have fulfilling lives both materially and spiritually, and have the opportunities to become governmental and social leaders. The AIWS Ecosystem is the Boston Global Forum's tribute to the United Nations Centennial Initiative.
AIWS Creative Value System
Noble creative values, valued in the following order:
- To create and develop innovative organizations, ideas, and socio-political theories, which are meaningful, legal, logical, and could produce new paths for social development
- To guide organizations to implement socio-political initiatives.
- To create technology that better the life of people.
- To innovate arts and sports to improve the quality of life.
- To volunteer to help people and contribute data, information, and values as well as engage in charitable activities to building a better society according to the Social Contract for the Age of Artificial Intelligence standards.
Building AIWS City, a digital and virtual city as an experiment of the AIWS Global Innovation Ecosystem, including:
1. AIWS value system: each citizen has an account as a digital house for creativity and exchange and trade their innovations.
2. AIWS Global Creative Exchange.
Moderator: Sergio Fernandez de Cordova Executive Chairman, P3 Smart City Partners & PVBLIC Foundation
• Janice Kovach, President, NJ League of Municipalities; Mayor of Clinton NJ, USA
• Arun Amirtham, Chairman, 5 Elements Sustainable Development Group, Switzerland
• Tony Cho, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Future of Cities, USA
• Joe Landon, Vice President, Lockheed Martin, USA
• Nguyen Anh Tuan, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Global Forum, USA
To help citizens have equality of opportunity in education, as well as bringing basic knowledge, encouraging and inspiring foundations for innovations, and supporting in creating values for others and societies, AIWS City created the AIWS Global Enlightenment Program.
The AIWS Global Enlightenment is based on the global citizenship education concepts of UNESCO, with additions from new ideas and concepts in the AI Age.
Professor Thomas Patterson, Harvard University, is the director of this special program.
This program is a part of the AIWS Economic-Political Ecosystem.
The AIWS Global Enlightenment Program invite thinkers and leaders to contribute for this program.