Sustainable Futures

WAAS Dialogues on Sustainable Futures

13 June 2024, 4 pm CET / 10 am ET

WAAS Dialogues on Sustainable Futures

This WAAS Dialogues aims to introduce out-of-the-box thinking on significant contemporary opportunities and threats that could lead to action towards exciting alternative futures encompassing sustainability and high quality of life building on the human security for all agenda..

The first dialogue this year was scheduled for 13 June 2024. It was devoted to brainstorming new amazing possibilities for the future of humanity. We live in the most productive times in human history, which are also the most dangerous times. Therefore, there are extraordinary possibilities for a sustainable future for humanity if science and technology are adequately developed. There are also unprecedented dangers that can destroy civilisation in a very short time, like the use of weapons of mass destruction. Since science is unpredictable, many avenues of research are capable of creating extraordinary results that are currently not followed. This brainstorming was therefore primarily devoted to new research topics, approaches and methodologies in artificial intelligence with possible breakthroughs in human security. For a synergy, alternative approaches to prevent wars and the use of weapons of mass destruction will be explored, including stop all wars now approach, which could contribute significantly to human security for all.

1. Opening (5’ total)

Moderated by Uroš Cvelbar

  1. Welcome (Ivo Šlaus)
  2. Goals and working method (Aleksander Zidanšek)

2. Building peace opportunities (10’)

Moderated by Ana Jerković

  1. Weapon of Mass Construction (Paul Shrivastava)
  2. If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it, you cannot improve it: The holistic, interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary way towards the sustainability transformation (Phoebe Koundouri)

3. Breakthrough Technologies (30’ total, 5’ introductory presentations)

Moderated by Thomas Reuter

  1. AGI (Jon Miller)
  2. AI Nexus (Kenneth M. Stokes)
  3. Synergies (1’ responses seeking synergies for breakthroughs)

4. From Crises to Peace (30’ total, 5’ introductory presentations)

Moderated by Donato Kiniger-Passigli

  1. HS4A (Garry Jacobs)
  2. Synergies (1’ responses seeking synergies for breakthroughs)

5. Wrap-up and Action / (15’ total)

Moderated by Saulo José Casali Bahia

  1. Brainstorming synergies between technologies and peace leading to creative ideas (1’ responses)
  2. Synthesis of the most promising ideas and projects
  3. Plan of action for selected idea

Conclusions (Ivo Šlaus & Aleksander Zidanšek)