[A presentation on this today from CybSoc’s 50th anniversary seemed strangely naive in some ways, but generated lots of discussion and thinking]
The Ethical Regulator Theorem
The ethical regulator theorem provides a basis for systematically evaluating the adequacy of existing or proposed designs for systems that make decisions that can have ethical consequences; regardless of whether the regulating agents are humans, machines, cyberanthropic hybrids, organizations, corporations, or government institutions.
|The theorem builds upon the law of requisite variety and the good regulator theorem to define nine requisites that are necessary and sufficient for a cybernetic regulator to be both effective and ethical:
Of these nine requisites, only the first six are necessary for a regulator to be effective. If a system does not need to be ethical, the three requisites ethics, integrity, and transparency are optional.
A six-level framework is proposed for classifying cybernetic and superintelligent systems, which highlights a future time-line bifurcation that results in one of two mutually exclusive outcomes:
For more information, see the PDF: Cybernetics 3.0: Ethical Systems.
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Source: Ethical Regulator Theorem