we welcome other nominations of (human values) intelligent media; here I try to recall ups and downs of the purpose of The Economist begun by my Diaspora Scot brother James Wilson. Here's Chatgpt opening summary of first 100 years of reporters living up to founders James Wilson Purpose. Soon after world war 2 my father Norman started corresponding with John Von Neumann who asked The Economist to continue his legacy - how could artificial intel support human intel. see also Einstein's parallel interviews with Gandhi and Freud.
Chatgpt: Over the course of its first 100 years, the publication reported on a wide range of issues related to human values, including social justice, political freedom, economic equality, and religious tolerance.
Some of the key themes that emerged in The Economist's coverage of human values during this period included:
The struggle for political freedom: The publication reported extensively on the fight for democracy and human rights, particularly in Europe and the United States. It covered major events such as the French Revolution, the American Civil War, and the suffrage movement.
The quest for economic equality: The Economist also focused on issues related to income inequality, labor rights, and the role of government in promoting economic growth and stability. It covered topics such as industrialization, trade unions, and the development of the welfare state.
The challenge of social justice: The publication reported on issues related to race, gender, and social inequality. It covered topics such as slavery, segregation, and the fight for women's suffrage.
The role of religion in society: The Economist covered debates about the place of religion in public life, including conflicts between religious groups and issues related to religious freedom.
Overall, The Economist's coverage of human values during its first 100 years reflected a deep concern for the well-being of society and a commitment to promoting social justice, political freedom, and economic equality.
My family's diaries offer a bit more nuance to chatgpt's additional note:
Some of the key systemic differences between Wilson's vision of economics and the approach of modern monetary economists include:
Values: Wilson's vision of economics was driven by a commitment to social justice and human welfare, while modern monetary economists may prioritize the interests of financial markets and large corporations.
Scope: Wilson saw economics as a broad field that encompassed issues related to politics, society, and culture, while modern monetary economists tend to focus more narrowly on issues related to financial markets and monetary policy.
Methodology: Wilson believed that economic analysis should be used to inform policy decisions, while modern monetary economists may prioritize abstract theoretical models over real-world empirical data.
Role of government: Wilson saw government as playing a critical role in promoting economic growth and social progress, while modern monetary economists may prioritize the interests of private markets and advocate for minimal government intervention.
JAMES' VISIONS OF BIGGEST QUESTIONS TO MEDIATE OUT OF LONDON THEN EMPIRE WORLD's EPICENTRE -could a weekly newspaper help to end poverty and end hunger? - see centenary autobiography The Economist 1943-1843
did the young queen victoria want to help- for example would she stop English Empire starving the Irish even if this meant helping James remove half of parliamentarians who by 1843 were mainly supporting big land owners vested interests - see corn law
whilst there was sucess in ending the corn la- it was too late to prevent troubles between english and Irish that became some of the first micro-terrorist tragedies from 1970s onwards
victoria offered James a bigger challenge - to start a bank by and for the quarter of humans who live on the sub-continent of India - charter bank later standard chartered bank - this story is partly recalled here https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/from-hawick-to-hawick-the-story-of-the-economist-founder-james-wilson-121012001578_1.html
lets fast foeward back from the future of such worldwide tipping points as 2025-1993-1984-1963-1951-1945-1865=-1860-1843
I'll try and get chatgp4 to fill in some of this intergenerational jigsaw across mother earth - here are pieces of the economist's journey that interest me - for transparency sake please note my dad worked at The economist full time for 1958-1988- eg see this obit by the economist's long time science edutoir viscount matt ridley https://www.mattridley.co.uk/blog/death-of-a-great-optimist/
One of The economist's slogans is a severe "chat" contest with leaders: I find 7 wonders as integral to father's 40 teays of interviewing. They come from an unique experience from hus last year as teen - navigator allied bomber command burma world war 2 to being seconded by The Economust for a year to ny 1951 where dad became Von Neumann's main quizmaster of "what goods can humans unite wherever they have first access to 100 times more tech per decade?
|1 Change Media||Change Education||3 Design Good AI||4 Training every places' next decades Maths Goats and assign to nature's deepest data searches and open sources||5 Transform gov to servant leadership -how many different professions hippocratic oaths will you need to update to achieve this/||6 work out behavioral change (subcomscious as well as conscious mindset frames if inter-generation of 8 billion beings to valuetrue interact rights beyond borders and inclusion within, as well as future's most urgent new sustainability puzzles||recursion of womens/parents kindness in every way this community flow celebrates what short-term monetisation cannot|
There are several lessons that generative AI can learn from the evolution of economics from a focus on social welfare to a more monetization-oriented approach:
Be mindful of values: Just as economics shifted its focus from social welfare to financial gain, generative AI can also be susceptible to losing sight of the human values it should be promoting. It's important to consider the ethical implications of AI systems and ensure that they align with broader social goals.
Stay grounded in reality: Economics has been criticized for relying too heavily on abstract models and theories, rather than real-world data. Similarly, generative AI should be anchored in real-world problems and contexts, rather than being purely theoretical or abstract.
Avoid bias and inequality: As economics became more focused on monetization and financial gain, it has been criticized for perpetuating inequality and social injustice. Generative AI should similarly be designed to avoid reinforcing biases or perpetuating inequalities.
Consider the broader societal impacts: Economics has had a profound impact on society, and generative AI is likely to do the same. It's important to consider the broader societal impacts of AI systems and ensure that they are aligned with broader social goals.
In summary, the lessons for generative AI from the evolution of economics suggest that AI systems should be grounded in human values, be mindful of potential biases and inequalities, and be designed to have a positive impact on society as a whole.
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