Diplomatic Doppelgängers: Digital Twinning for Global International Relations

Diplomatic Doppelgängers: Digital Twinning for Global International Relations

Diplomatic Doppelgängers: Digital Twinning for Global International Relations

The global digital twin market size is projected to reach USD 155.84 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 35.7% from 2024 to 2030.

According to a new study by Grand View Research Inc., this growth is driven by increasing public and private investments in enterprise digital transformation solutions.

Digital Twins have permeated many industries, such as Manufacturing, Automotive and Transport, Energy and Utilities, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Aerospace and Defense, and Telecommunications. They are also foundational for rising immersive realities like the Metaverse and the industrial Omniverse™, and it would be intriguing to explore how they could revolutionize international diplomacy. This untapped potential presents a fascinating frontier where virtual replication meets global statecraft, offering unprecedented opportunities for simulation, analysis, and strategic foresight in diplomatic endeavors.

We introduce a novel concept of Digital Twinning for Diplomacy and we propose that it could profoundly transform international relations, shifting power dynamics in the diplomatic arena. This innovative solution could reshape, recalibrate, or even redefine diplomacy as we stand at the cusp of this new era, where scientific breakthroughs, advanced technologies, and tectonic shifts in the global geopolitical landscape are converging.

A digital twin is a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process. NVIDIA's digital twins are AI-powered, realistic models that can be used to design, simulate, and optimize products, equipment, and processes. This sophisticated construct is characterized by its ability to simulate, predict, and optimize the performance of its physical analog through the continuous integration and analysis of sensor data, historical information, and domain expertise. The digital twin paradigm extends beyond mere simulation, encompassing a multidirectional flow of information that enables real-time monitoring, diagnostics, and prognostics.

In diplomacy, a digital twin could be conceptualized as a high-fidelity model of the complex global diplomatic landscape, incorporating multifaceted data streams from various sources to create a dynamic, evolving representation of the social, political, economic, and foreign affairs ecosystem. This virtual diplomatic ecosystem could serve as a testbed for policy formulation, national strategy optimization, and risk assessment in a highly volatile global arena.

The convergence of digital twins with AI, blockchain, 6G, web 3, satellite internet, or quantum computing could create more sophisticated predictive diplomacy models. By combining historical data and real-time inputs, these models could forecast geopolitical trends, economic fluctuations, and potential conflict scenarios with increasing accuracy. This predictive capability would be invaluable for proactive diplomacy and strategic planning in an increasingly complex global landscape.

Digital twins dynamically integrate data to support various diplomatic types, including cyber-ethics diplomacy™, net-zero diplomacy, global health diplomacy, multigenerational diplomacy™, and deep tech diplomacy. Digital diplomatic twinning could offer strategic intelligence to inform public policy, economic planning, and international agendas like the UN 2030 and 2050 agendas. This integration could enhance decision-making by providing insights into complex global issues, fostering proactive and informed diplomatic efforts across multiple vital domains.

The introduction of digital twinning in diplomacy would also demand a paradigm shift in the education and training of future diplomats. To effectively leverage these advanced technological tools, these nouveaux diplomats would have to develop a Multi-Dexterous Diplomacy™ style that would combine traditional statecraft with cutting-edge technical proficiencies and a forward-thinking mindset to address the grand challenges facing humanity in the phygital age. By enabling and empowering the next generation of diplomats to operate at the intersection of technology, policy, and human relations, digital twinning could drive innovation in international affairs and shape the Smart Diplomacy™ of the future.

As these technological frontiers continue to expand, digital twinning in diplomacy is poised for further innovation as we prepare for 2025, designated as the Year of Quantum by the United Nations. Ensuring responsible digital twins and quantum-enabled diplomacy will be our societal challenge and will require a synergistic investment in diplomatic training, cyber-ethics, and human-centric design.

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Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Innovation Expert

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, MD MBA Is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and ethics advocacy. She is a Forbes Business Council member, digital strategist, passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has received several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership. She is the recipient of numerous awards most notably: WBAF World Excellence AwardSocial Entrepreneurship 2021, Top 20 Global Leaders in Digital Twins Technologies, Top 50 Global Leaders in Health Tech,Top 50 Global Ecosystem Leaders, Top 100 Visionary In Education Award 2021, Top 100 Global Women in Leadership Award 2021, Top 100 World Women Vision Award, 2021-Innovation & Tech, Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2021 (nominee),Top 50 Global Thinkers (Nominee),Nations of Women Change Makers Award(finalist),Top 100 Healthcare Leader 2020 Award, Top 100 Finance Leader 2020 Award, and Top 100 Women in Crypto 2020. Additionally, she serves as an Expert Advisor to the EU Blockchain Observatory Forum, and was appointed to the Board of UN Legal and Economic Empowerment Network. Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is CEO of Softhread Inc., the Founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Investments Institute, and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School-Division of Entrepreneurship, and teaching the Executive MBA Business Technology Course at the UM Business School. She is also acting as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Government Blockchain Association. Most recently she served as President of Detect Genomix, Chief Quality and Safety Officer Chief and Innovation Officer for Mednax, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Chief of Compliance for the University of Miami UHealth System During her academic tenure she taught several courses within the Medical School, as well as the combined MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs. Throughout her career, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes held several leadership positions and is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. She holds several certifications, such as Bioethics from Harvard, Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from MIT Sloan, Blockchain Technology and Business Innovation from MIT Sloan, Finance from Harvard Business School, Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Patient Safety Officer by the International Board Federation of Safety Managers, Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma Management, Professional in Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Manager for Quality and Organizational Excellence, by the American Society for Quality, and Certified Risk Management Professional by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Additionally, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of several companies, as well as an Editorial Board Member for several international publications, an author and TV/Media partner.

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