As we close in on the old year and look forward to the new, the gratitude of all of us at the Boston Global Forum for the support of your actions and ideas over 2022 and all good wishes for 2023, which is a year of special meaning for us as it will allow us to celebrate Governor Dukakis’s ninetieth birthday.
But we do have ten months before that time to continue the many activities of our hearts and our minds which are the best tribute to his lifetime of imagination and service.
We will continue our work on an Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) project which aims to bring scientists, academics, government officials and industry leaders together to keep AI a benign force serving humanity’s best interests and contributing to the realization of the hopes of Pope Francis and that of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who has proposed a “Global Digital Compact, based on shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future. We look forward also to an Age of Global Enlightenment where every person can be an innovator and opportunities are created for all individuals, businesses, and organizations to support a Global Enlightenment Education Program (GEEP) and a Global Enlightenment Economy Infrastructure (GEEI) and build a home of creativity for themselves.
Linked to this would be a Global Alliance for Digital Governance and the Global Enlightenment Economy with its focus not only on material and financial values, but contributing to the Age of Global Enlightenment with peace, security, prosperity for every country and every people while preventing extreme nationalism in any country. This would inform the Global Enlightenment Polity where all individuals can participate in policy deliberations, introduce new ideas and contribute in all ways to collective global wellbeing. GEEI would also challenge misinformation and disinformation, fulfilling a United Nations vision of digital trust and security. Our work will seek, in particular, to contribute to the preparations for and deliberations at the United Nations “Summit of the Future” called by Secretary-General Guterres for September 2024.
I attach the full text of our “manifesto” which some of you have already seen and which outlines our plans and possibilities in greater detail. We look forward to your support and your ideas which have always enriched our work and, in that process, our contributions to the world to which we are blessed to belong.
Happy new year 2023!
Nguyen Anh Tuan
Co-founder and CEO of Boston Global Forum