1.1 A World in crises; how can Cybernetics, Systems Thinking and new technologies help?

  COVID-19 caught the world unprepared.  Yet, warnings of pandemics had been prominent for at least a decade.  COVID-19 saw vaccines developed...

  COVID-19 caught the world unprepared.  Yet, warnings of pandemics had been prominent for at least a decade.  COVID-19 saw vaccines developed in record time, while simultaneously the planet suffered from an inability to properly deal with the ever present threat. Warnings of the impact of climate change have been with us for more than a quarter-century.  Despite these foreshadowing, mankind allows crises to occur. The uniqueness of the threats of the C0VID-19 pandemic and the threats of climate change lies in the fact that concerted actions of all mankind are required to effectively overcome them. At the present time, the historically established international political, legal and economic regulators have proved to be ineffective. For all mankind, the problem of overcoming individual egoism and the formation of planetary social responsibility is urgent. Scientists must offer the world community new models of the consolidation of civilizations, states, corporations and society for joint organizations to act in the elimination of global threats. Can the perspectives offered by systems and cybernetics make a difference?  What might be the role for new digital technologies and artificial intelligence?  Can mankind find a means to overcome its reluctance to cognize and confront long-term systemic risks?

Discussion points

  • Are modern systems approaches and cybernetics ready to help adequately respond to the challenges and threats to humanity at the beginning of the 21st century?

  • Civilizational differences in modern ideas about the systems approach and cybernetics. Integration of research and development in the interests of human development.

  • Reflexivity and social responsibility as the most important factors in the development of cybernetics.

  • Cybernetics in the organization and control of environments of hybrid reality (subject, digital, physical).

  • Perspective directions of development of systems approach and cybernetics.

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