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Anticipatory reads by GESDA

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A 'Third AI' robot is seen on display during the Artifical Intelligence Exhibition and Conference (AI Expo) in Tokyo, Japan, 28 June 2017.

Culture, in all its forms, but perhaps even more so through literature, is one of the things that defines us as humans. Many of you might have bumped into this Guardian article, showing how GPT-3, a new language generator created by AI firm OpenAI, wrote an entire opinion article (see below). It even starts with this sentence: “I am not a human. I am a robot.”

Fewer might have encountered this other text – this time written by a human – published in the MIT Technology Review, which describes how another virtual AI robot, called Diffbot, learns by reading the entire web, nonstop!

Some might jokingly say that letting Diffbot continuously scan the hundreds of articles GPT-3 would write might be a funny way to observe AIs in (inter)action. More than this, however, the question is: will these new AI literature create a "digital culture" just as Proust, Shakespear or Goethe have shared their part in crafting human culture?

- Olivier Dessibourg, GESDA


A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? The Guardian asked GPT-3, OpenAI’s powerful new language generator, to write an essay for them from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace.

The Guardian (EN)

Why there is no such thing as a healthy diet that works for everyone. Our response to food is highly individualised. That is why nutrition science has consistently failed to produce a straight answer to its most pressing question: what constitutes a healthy diet. But now comes “precision nutrition”, tailored to each individual with the latest tools, including genetics and microbiome composition.

New Scientist (EN)

Ingredients for a quantum future. Always wanted to know how this technology will transform our society? In a series of essays, three quantum-technology leaders in the US spell out the requirements for a strong quantum future.

Physics (EN)

Welcoming new guidelines for AI clinical research. According to famous American cardiologist Eric Topol, better protocol design, along with consistent and complete data presentation, will greatly facilitate interpretation and validation of clinical trials using artificial intelligence and will help the field to move forward.

Nature Medicine (EN)

The great carbon vault. Industrial waste can combat climate change by turning carbon dioxide into stone: is this the clever way to address two environmental problems at once?

Science (EN)

A revolutionary way to cool electronic chips. Miniaturized electronic devices generate a lot of heat, which must be dissipated to maintain performance. A microfluidic system, developed at EPFL, designed to be an integral part of a microchip demonstrates exceptional cooling performance.

Nature (EN)

Brain stimulation reduces dyslexia deficits. Using a non-invasive electrical stimulation technique capable of synchronizing neural activity at the stimulation frequency, University of Geneva scientists showed that phonological deficits and reading accuracy could be improved in adults with dyslexia.

Eurekalert (EN)

Children with asthma could benefit from prescribing according to genetic differences. Research suggests that a genetic factor might explain why some people do better on certain treatments than others.

New Scientist (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.

GESDA, and the reason for anticipation

Humanity, now more than ever, is facing global challenges (especially with regards to the Covid-19 crisis), putting people and the planet under stress and in great uncertainty. Simultaneously, the world is experiencing breakthroughs in science and technology at an unprecedented pace, which are sometimes hard to grasp. Anticipation, therefore, is key to build the future with the aim of fully exploiting this scientific potential for the well-being and inclusive development of all. The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator was founded in Geneva in 2019 to tackle this issue.

GESDA's ambition is to first anticipate and identify these cutting-edge advances in science and technology throughout various domains (Quantum revolution & advanced AI, Human augmentation, Ecoregeneration and Geoengineering, Science and Diplomacy). Based on this panoramic scientific outlook, it will translate potential leaps in science and tech into tools that can bring effective and socially-inclusive solutions to emerging challenges. Most importantly, this process will be achieved not only by scientists or technologists, but will include actors of various professional origins and mindsets (from diplomacy, philanthropy, industry, citizens to youth).

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