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Borders, Music, Machines and Love

Peacebeam are delighted to be one of the sponsors of the Gibraltar World Music Festival this week. In it’s seventh year, the GWMF is becoming a fixture on the world music scene and more recently, as a forum for peace dialoguing through the #BrightMed Seminars.

As Brexit takes shape (if you can describe it that way!!) the theme for the festival is Borders. Over three days between 19th and 21st June, our internal and external borders and what they mean in this topsy-turvy world will be explored through and incredible line up of music, film and art

This year, we have curated the BrightMed Seminar and are thrilled to have our founder, Jane Murray, speaking with Paul Ingram, CEO of BASIC  (@BASIC-INT), Alfred Tolle, Founder of Wisdom Together  (@Wisdomtogether) and Jean Marc Rickli, Global Risk and Resilience at The GCSP (@TheGcsp), all moderated by journalist, Jane Cornwell (@janesworlde)

The seminar will explore the future of borders in the technological age and how, with the exponential acceleration of AI and its organising algorithms, we ensure that our uniquely human technologies of empathy, compassion and kindness direct the course of technology, rather than the machines determining the trajectory of our lives.

Here at Peacebeam we are hopeful. Despite the spectre of slaughterbots and the possibilities of a dystopian future where the machines construct our universe and then keep its secrets from us (check this brilliant piece for the Guardian by James Brindle) we have faith in the resilience and common sense of humans. We are hopeful because there are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things to make sure that technology is leveraged for our benefit – Joytech, The Transformative Technology Academy and The Centre for Humane Technology are great examples of practically how we can navigate towards a future that is kinder, fairer and more inclusive.

But we are most hopeful because there is no algorithm for love.

To borrow from and paraphrase Mr Cummings: here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart……we all carry each other’s heart’s. 

Whether we are aware of it or not, we are connected by our capacity to love; no technology will ever replace that, and that is why we will navigate even these strange times.