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AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative 2019



Michael Dukakis, Nguyen Anh Tuan, David Bray, Nazli Chaucri, Thomas Creely,
Paul Nemitz, Thomas Patterson, David Silbersweig,
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, and Kazu□ Yan □

Loeb House,
Harvard University, April 25, 201B

The world has entered what has been labeled the New Society and Economy Revolution, one that is centered on Artificial Intelligence (Al). Some analysts have predicted that it will be hugely disruptive, that machines will take over jobs now done by people, and that the resulting efficiencies will result in a shrinking of workplace opportunities. Other analysts note that previous industrial revolutions created unanticipated opportunities with the result that the disruptive effects were offset by creative responses.

Largely neglected in assessments of Al’s impact are the possibilities it presents for improving governance – in all its forms. This brief addresses this topic, looking into the future from the perspective of how it could strengthen government functioning and how it could contribute to a more responsible and empowered citizenry. We use the term Al World Society (AIWS) to describe the future shape of governance.

The AIWS Model envisions a society where creativity, tolerance, democracy, the rule of law, and individual rights are recognized and promoted; where Al is used to assist and improve government decision-making; and where Al is a means of giving citizens a larger voice in their governing.

The Boston Global Forum is presenting this brief to the G-7Summit in recognition of its members’ leadership in technology, innovation, democracy, rule of law and the protection of rights of individuals. They are among the countries best situated to be pioneers in the proper use of Al in governing.

AIWS is an initiative of the Boston Global Forum and is being developed in collaboration with the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM).

The WLA-CdM is the world’s largest assembly of democratic former heads of state andgovernment. They offer their experience, convening

power, and access to current leaders to address today’s global challenges, focusing on and fostering democratic values and leadership worldwide.

The Boston Global Forum is currently working with the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid on the role of Al in democratic government.

The two institutions will be collaborating on a first discussion on Al and democratic governance that will take place in Vietnam in July 2019. In October, the WLA-CdM will be organizing its 2019 Policy Dialogue on Technological Transformation and the Future of Democracy: How can Artificial Intelligence drive democratic governance? It will take place in Madrid with the participation of the Boston Global Forum. Both discussions are part of WLA-CdM’s Next Generation Democracy initiative, a program aimed at better enabling democracy to meet the expectations and needs of all citizens, preserving their freedom and dignity while securing a sustainable future. TheBoston Global Forum will share the findings

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