Arising from TV2004, ISTAS2013, and culminating at VRTO2016, on Sunday June 26th, 9:15am to 11am

Code of Ethics on Human Augmentation (Twitter #HACode)

(Code of Ethics on Virtuality, Robotics, and Human Augmentation)

Preamble, rationale, and history of this Code of Ethics (Link)

New abstract, with further input from David Brin (Link)

The long-term risks of artificially intelligent machines are well-known.

Less understood, but more immediately pressing, are the risks that humanistically intelligent entities pose right now, whether facilitated by "smart buidings", "smart cities" (a camera in every streetlight), or "cyborgs" with wearable or implantable intelligence.

This sensory intelligence augmentation technology is already developed enough to be dangerous in the wrong hands, e.g. as a way for a corrupt government or corporation to further augment its power and use it unjustly.

Accordingly [as of our meetup at Transvision 2004, ISTAS 2013, and VRTO2016], we, the undersigned, ratify and affirm the following "laws":

  1. Humans have a basic right to know when and how they're being surveilled, monitored, or sensed, whether in the real or virtual world;
  2. Humans must not be forbidden or discouraged from monitoring or sensing systems or entities that are monitoring or sensing them, whether in the real or virtual world;
  3. Humans have an affirmitive right to examine and understand information that has been recorded about them, and such information shall be provided immediately (feedback delayed is feedback denied). Humans must not design machines of malice. All human augmentation technologies shall be developed and used in a spirit of truth, openness, and unconcealedness, providing comprehensibility through immediate feedback. System designers shall design for immediate feedback, minimal latency, and respect for neural pathway formation. (Again, feedback delayed is feedback denied.)
(Sensory auditability; Sensory fairness; Technological auditability).

To be finalized and completed Sunday 2016 June 26th... and will be published in the proceedings (link).

Further musings on the Second Law of Human Augmentation

Systems that monitor or sense humans must not forbid or discourage humans from monitoring or sensing them. Systems that watch us, while forbidding us from watching them, are unfair and often unjust.

The Veillance Divide is Justice Denied

In the new, "transhumanistic era," some machines will acquire human qualities such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), and some humans will acquire machine-like qualities such as near-perfect sensory and memory capabilities. Irrefutable recorded memories - suitable as evidence, not mere testimony - will challenge many of our old ways, calling for updated ethics that serve the interests of all parties, not just those with power or authority. Our greatest danger may be a "(sur)Veillance Divide" where things and elites may record with perfect memory, while normal people are forbidden from seeing or remembering. Therefore, we the undersigned propose the following Code of Ethics on Virtuality, Robotics, and Human Augmentation, to clarify our the need for fairness, equality, and two-way transparency.

We welcome others to discuss and build upon this work at our 2016 June 26th "Codecert" (Code of Ethics Concert), Keynote, and Panel Discussion at VRTO 2016