Session: A.I. in support of Media Diplomacy
Over the past few years, there has been significant progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
Indeed, A.I. is no longer science fiction or part of movies like the “Terminator” or the “Matrix”.
A.I. is here to stay, increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, be it IPhone’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Duplex, IBM’s Watson.
The fight over the future of A.I. has spread across most industries, predominantly the tech. Rightfully so, it is considered a double edged sword.
Elon Mask, SpaceX and Tesla Founder correctly puts that it can create an existential threat to human civilisation and it might be more dangerous than nukes.
Contrary to that, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder highlights A.I.s importance in society’s evolution, able to improve our lives.
Most certainly, ‘we’, the humans are the creators of the latest innovation. We share an enormous responsibility to consider the unintended consequences of what we are creating before we actually unleash it to the World.
Undeniably so, A.I. research has equal potential and enormous implications, both as an economic engine and a source of military superiority.
A.I. will have implications in several policy areas (economic, societal, education, etc), infrastructure, and society in general.
As such, this discussion will elaborate on our current times and the fact that this is the right timing, especially since the COVID-19 outbreak that governments, the technical community, and the private sector would need to increasingly consider A.I. applications for cost-efficiency, effective, and efficient operations.
As a result, Diplomacy and diplomatic functions would need to get both engaged and learn more about this to influence research in the right direction.
The more deeply A.I. is integrated into societal norms, changing operations from what we once knew, the larger the effect will be on the context in which diplomats operate.
This discussion will focus on AI as a tool for diplomats and look at ways in which AI applications can support, rather than hinder the work of diplomats and foreign policy professions towards a timelier, effective and more efficient early warning decisions and actions, especially from a media perspective.
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Bio: Vassilia Orfanou
Energetic, passionate Communications, Media, Editing IT Director with experience leveraging media, markets, and teams to generate value for organisations.
Inspiring leader with positive track record in guiding teams to fulfil goals. Skilled in mobilising written media, social media, press releases, video, and other multimedia to drive growth. Experienced in orchestrating and managing media strategy in financial, technology, legal, and hospitality fields. PhD & Post-Doc Holder.