The Embassy of the Republic of Užupis to Munich is a one of a kind initiative that combines arts, technology, and politics to promote innovations that are more accessible, more inspired, and more ethical. The project especially focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) and its possible consequences on society. With consulting, workshops, talks, and parties the embassy brings together cutting edge AI engineers, rebellious artists, and high-ranking diplomats. Besides ambassador Max Haarich, seven consuls work for the initiative including the humanoid Roboy, which cares for naturalizations. The embassy initiated the world's first mention of artificial intelligence within a state's constitution and is the first art-related signatory of the Montreal Declaration on Responsible AI. The embassy takes the topic of ethics in AI dead serious but addresses it in entertaining and funny way. This paper describes the motivation behind the embassy's engagement and explains its low-threshold approach to spark exchange between the arts and the technology world. Many consider polymaths like Leonardo DaVinci as unique masters of those two worlds. As engineers, they created solutions to practical problems; as artists, they created beauty. This paper challenges this supposedly stark divide: innovations often spring from combining arts and technology—and the closer they come, the more ground-breaking the outcome. This is increasingly true for AI. This paper investigates examples of arts and technology mutually benefitting each other in their shared desire to innovate. Finally, it presents the embassy's engagement to make this progress more beneficial for all of us.
Politics of Art, Community Arts, Arts and Identities, Artificial Intelligence
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Ambassador, Embassy to Munich, Republic of Užupis, Germany