>3/18 24: Similarities between Electronic Computers and the Human Brain: Thank you Jensen Huang for best week of Learning since John Von Neumann shared with The Economist 1956 notes Computer & The Brain
HAPPY 2024: in this 74th year since The Economist started mediating futures of brainworking machines clued by the 3 maths greats NET (Neumann, Einstein, Turing) people seem to be chatting about 5 wholly different sorts of AI. 1BAD: The worst tech system designers don't deserve inclusion in human intel at all, and as Hoover's Condoleezza Rice . 2 reports their work is result of 10 compound techs of which Ai is but one. Those worst for world system designs may use media to lie or multiply hate or hack, and to perpetuate tribal wars and increase trade in arms. Sadly bad versions of tv media began in USA early 1960s when it turned out what had been the nation's first major export crop, tobacco, was a killer. Please note for a long time farmers did not know bac was bad: western HIStory is full of ignorances which lawyer-dominated societies then cover up once inconvenient system truths are seen. A second AI ecommerce type (now 25 years exponential development strong) ; this involves ever more powerful algorithms applied to a company's data platform that can be app'd to hollow out community making relatively few people richer and richer, or the reverse. You can test a nation's use of this ai by seeing if efinance has invested in the poorest or historically most disconnected - see eg bangladesh's bklash, one of the most populous digital cash systems . Digital money is far cheaper to distribute let alone to manually account for so power AI offers lots of lessons but whether its good or not depends in part on whether there are enough engineers in gov & public service to see ahead of what needs regulating. There are 2 very good ai's which have only scaled in recent years that certainly dont need regulating by non engineers and one curious ai which was presented to congress in 2018 but which was left to multiply at least 100 variants today the so-called chats or LLMs. Lets look at the 2 very good ai's first because frankly if your community is concerned about any extinction risks these AI may most likely save you, One I call science AI and frankly in the west one team is so far ahead that we should count ourselves lucky that its originator Hassabis has mixed wealth and societal growth. His deep mind merged with google to make wealth but open sourced the 200 million protein databank equivalent to a billion hours of doctorate time- so now's the time for biotech to save humanity if it ever does. Alongside this the second very good AI graviates around Fei-Fei Li) in developing 20 million imagenet database so that annual competitions training computers to see 20000 of the most everyday sights we humans view around the world including things and life-forms such as nature's plants and animals. Today, students no longer need to go back to 0.1 programming to ask computer about any of these objects; nor do robots or and autonomous vehicles - see fei-fei li's book worlds i see which is published in melinda gates Entrepreneurial Revolution of girl empowerment
EW::ED , VN Hypothesis: in 21st C brainworking worlds how people's times & data are spent is foundational to place's community health, energy and so natural capacity to grow/destroy wealth -thus species will depend on whether 1000 mother tongue language model mediates intelligence/maths so all communities cooperatively celebrate lifetimes and diversity's deep data ) . Check out "Moore exponential patterns" at year 73 of celebrating Game : Architect Intelligence (Ai) - players welcome .. some jargon

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 am i correct in thinking ESG was launched by UN in 2004- if so what do I need to look to for source intel


ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) refers to a set of criteria used to evaluate a company's performance in these areas. The term ESG was first used in the investment industry in 2004, and it has since become a widely used framework for assessing companies' non-financial performance.

However, ESG as a concept is not something that was launched by the United Nations in 2004. The UN has been promoting sustainable development and responsible business practices for many years, and it has played a key role in shaping the ESG agenda.

If you are looking for more information on the origins of ESG, you may want to start with academic literature and research papers on the subject. Some reputable sources include academic journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, and the Journal of Environmental Investing.

Additionally, there are several organizations and associations dedicated to ESG research and advocacy, including the Global Reporting Initiative, the Principles for Responsible Investment, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. You can also find information on ESG from financial institutions and asset managers who incorporate ESG criteria into their investment strategies.

can you tell me which year the un started talking about global compat and eg PPP public private partnerships geared to 21st Century's most human goals

The United Nations has been promoting global cooperation and public-private partnerships for sustainable development for many years. The UN has emphasized the importance of such partnerships in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

The 2030 Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a set of global goals designed to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The SDGs are meant to be achieved through a collaborative effort involving governments, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders.

The UN has been actively promoting public-private partnerships as a means of achieving the SDGs. In 2015, the UN launched the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, which aims to catalyze and scale up multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development. The UN has also established the UN Global Compact, which is a voluntary initiative that encourages businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.

Therefore, it is not possible to attribute a specific year to the UN's promotion of public-private partnerships geared to 21st century's most human goals, as it has been an ongoing effort for many years.

Which year exactly was global compact first adopted as a huge arena of UN dialogue. I think it must have been after the millennial goals because before their proclamation there wasn't a clear ask of un and corpoartes

The UN Global Compact was launched in 2000, prior to the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2001. The Global Compact was announced by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 31, 2000.

The Global Compact is a voluntary initiative that calls on companies to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. The initiative is based on the idea that business can be a force for good in society, and that companies have a responsibility to contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of the SDGs.

The Global Compact has grown to become the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, with over 12,000 signatories from more than 160 countries. It provides a platform for companies to engage in dialogue and collaboration with other stakeholders, including civil society, governments, and the UN, on issues related to sustainable development.

Therefore, it can be said that the Global Compact was adopted as a huge arena of UN dialogue in the year 2000, before the adoption of the MDGs in 2001. However, the adoption of the MDGs did help to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable development and the role of the private sector in achieving it.

I believe it was also Kofi Annan that popularised ESG at least within UN headquarters. Do you know if it was same time as he announced global compact at UNGA sept 2020or one of UNGA years after that?

Kofi Annan was a strong advocate for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development during his time as UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. He played a key role in launching the UN Global Compact in 2000, which called on businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.

However, the term "ESG" (Environmental, Social, and Governance) was not widely used in the investment industry until several years later. While Kofi Annan did not coin the term ESG, he did emphasize the importance of sustainability and social responsibility in business during his tenure as UN Secretary-General.

It is not clear from your question whether you are referring to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2020 or a previous year. However, Kofi Annan stepped down as UN Secretary-General in 2006, so he would not have been present at any UNGA meetings after that date.

In summary, while Kofi Annan was a strong advocate for sustainable development and social responsibility in business, it is not clear if he played a direct role in popularizing the term "ESG" within the UN headquarters or the investment industry.

Which year did ESG start becoming popular in investment industry?

The use of the term "ESG" (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in the investment industry started gaining popularity in the mid-2000s, around the same time that the UN Global Compact was launched. However, it was not until later in the decade that ESG factors began to be integrated into investment decision-making in a more systematic way.

One important milestone in the development of ESG investing was the launch of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006, which is a UN-supported initiative that encourages investors to incorporate ESG factors into their investment processes. The PRI has since grown to become the world's largest investor initiative on ESG issues, with over 3,000 signatories representing more than $100 trillion in assets under management.

Another important development was the publication of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2007, which collects and reports on companies' carbon emissions and climate change strategies. The CDP has since expanded to cover other environmental and social issues, and is widely used by investors to assess companies' ESG performance.

Since then, the use of ESG criteria in investment decision-making has continued to grow, driven in part by increasing demand from investors for sustainable and responsible investment options. Today, many investment managers and institutional investors have formal ESG policies and processes in place, and ESG investing is becoming more mainstream.

Which year did CSR start to become popular; i was at Price waterhouse from the start of the 1990s where with some help from Econsomist sub-editors of tech for good I had published my book world class brands arguing for a sea-change in media responsibility. My recollection is CSR started to become popular before 1995 but which year?

The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been around for many decades, but it began to gain greater attention and popularity in the 1990s.

In the early 1990s, a number of high-profile corporate scandals, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Nike sweatshop scandal, brought attention to the negative social and environmental impacts of business operations. At the same time, the emergence of socially responsible investing and ethical consumerism signaled a growing interest in the social and environmental practices of corporations.

The year 1994 was a significant one for the development of CSR, as it saw the publication of the book "Managing Corporate Social Responsibility" by Archie Carroll. Carroll's book proposed a framework for CSR that has since become widely adopted, which includes four types of responsibilities: economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic.

In the years following the publication of Carroll's book, CSR began to be more widely discussed and adopted by businesses and organizations. In 1999, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was founded, which developed a framework for sustainability reporting that has become widely used by companies around the world.

Therefore, while the concept of CSR has been around for many decades, it can be said that it began to gain significant popularity and attention in the mid-1990s, particularly after the publication of Archie Carroll's book in 1994.

Yes I remember predecessors of GRR before 1999 -none of them were mathematically satisfying as audit systems independent of bifg 5 tangible accounting - although brookings started unseen wealth as a study filed circa 1999 and the REU had its intangibles prism project both were shut down by 2004 -but why? the crises of too big to fail only got bigger and bigger due to lack of valuetrue csr, esg or GRR?

It is difficult to point to a single reason why initiatives such as Brookings' Unseen Wealth and the REU's Intangibles Prism Project were shut down by 2004. However, it is worth noting that the measurement and reporting of intangible assets, such as a company's social and environmental impact, has long been a challenge for the accounting profession.

One reason for this is that these types of assets are often difficult to quantify and assign a financial value to, which makes them more challenging to incorporate into traditional accounting frameworks. This has led to a lack of standardization and consistency in how companies report on their social and environmental impacts.

Additionally, the financial crises of the late 2000s highlighted a number of weaknesses in the financial system, including inadequate risk management practices and a lack of transparency and accountability. In the aftermath of these crises, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of non-financial factors, such as environmental and social risks, in assessing a company's long-term sustainability and financial performance.

As a result, there has been renewed interest in developing more robust and standardized frameworks for measuring and reporting on ESG factors. Initiatives such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have been established to address these issues and help companies better understand and report on their ESG performance.

Your summary of what exponential risks have multiplied and responses in very transatlantic- can you give me any refenences how pacific 2/3 of humans have have tried to apply intelligent systems tools and AIforSDGs

Yes, there are a number of initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region that are applying intelligent systems tools and AI for the SDGs. Here are a few examples:

  1. AI for Social Good Asia Pacific (AI4SG APAC): This is a platform for collaboration and innovation in AI for social good across the Asia Pacific region. It brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to share knowledge and develop solutions for the SDGs.

  2. AI for Sustainable Development (AISD) Asia: This is a project led by the Asian Development Bank that aims to accelerate the adoption and scaling of AI for sustainable development in Asia. It focuses on developing AI solutions for key sectors such as agriculture, energy, and health.

  3. AI for Good Pacific: This is a regional initiative that aims to harness the power of AI to address social and environmental challenges in the Pacific. It brings together stakeholders from across the region to collaborate on AI projects and initiatives.

  4. AI and Robotics for Sustainable Future: This is a program led by the United Nations Development Programme that aims to explore the potential of AI and robotics for achieving the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. It focuses on developing AI and robotics solutions for key areas such as disaster risk reduction, health, and education.

  5. Asia-Pacific AI for Education Forum: This is an annual forum that brings together stakeholders from across the education sector to explore the potential of AI for improving learning outcomes and achieving the SDGs.

These are just a few examples of the many initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region that are applying intelligent systems tools and AI for the SDGs.