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Diego Brasioli

Ambassador of Italy to Luxembourg

Diego Brasioli (Rome, Italy, 1961) is a career diplomat, currently serving as Ambassador of Italy to Luxembourg. Previously, he has worked in various diplomatic posts such as Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon, USA (Los Angeles), Romania, as well as in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (President of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Human Rights, Director for North Africa and the Middle East, Director for Security and Disarmament and Deputy Director General for Political Affairs).

From the Shadows of Plato's Cave to the Cat of Professor Schrödinger.  Diplomacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

AI is changing the world we live in and represents one of the main challenges for our future, also from the point of view of its impact on global geopolitical balances.

Whoever dominates this technology will have a competitive advantage over other countries, not only from a military point of view, but also in the economic, social, environmental and political fields.

AI can have positive effects on human life, which we are already experiencing, but also potentially very negative consequences. How to maximize the former, while eliminating or reducing risk factors, is the real challenge of the future for humanity.

In this context, will diplomacy survive AI, a technology that can influence human decisions, or even replace them? What role can diplomacy, the oldest human instrument (along with war) for the conduct of international relations, play in regulating it?

The essay argues that diplomacy, as it has done countless times throughout its history, will certainly survive, provided it can effectively adopt the new tools offered by technology and progress.

Moreover, diplomacy may indeed prove to be a valuable tool in making a decisive contribution to addressing the future ethical and regulatory challenges posed by AI. To achieve this, it will have to be able to promote an international debate, possibly leading to an international conference involving political leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, industrial developers, and representatives of civil society, in order to lay the foundations for a regulation of the subject, to seek consensus on the issue, and to ensure that AI (especially if and when it evolves into General Intelligence) does not overpower humanity, but helps to make decisions based on legal certainty, reliable sources, certified data processing, common sense, and, above all, a value-oriented approach.

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