It has been predicted by Ray Kurzweil that around 2045 The Singularity will occur. What is The Singularity? In my view it is the moment that Man/Womankind has designed and built a computer/robot or more commonly called artificial intelligence, that is so intelligent that it can design an even more intelligent computer than we can design.
At the same time Isaac Asimov also predicted this type of paradigm shift and created his idea of a safety tenet that can keep humans safe:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
– Isaac Asimov, Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.
Somehow, I think this tenet by Asimov is very simplistic and not specific enough for an artificial intelligence that is now more intelligent than ourselves. It seems almost condescending to me ( and that’s not a Greek skydiver).
I believe if this singularity does occur then we will need a tenet that is far more advanced than his one. And at the same time, somehow I doubt that this singularity will occur until we have such a tenet that we can use on ourselves to keep us safe from other humans.
My suggestion for a first tenet to keep us safe from other humans is that “anger is understandable but not acceptable”. If The Singularity comes into existence then it is likely that it, like humans, will get angry on occasion and ensuring that it is also accountable for its anger, as we should be for ours, is imperative to keep us all safe, in my view.