Last revised: Saturday, 28 January 17 20:05:29 Europe/London
Currently, only a proposal for a project. The intial suggestion was made in forum after a London Futurists debate, and later worked up into a proposal on the Transpolitica website; the text is here: PfPE Original Proposal.
The suggestion is that an important (necessary?) tool for humanity in addressing all sorts of new questions brought up by rapid technological change (and the cultural change that follows) will be a more useful ethics. Further, that the work of developing such an ethics can form an important feed-in to the development of strong AI that behaves ethically in human terms.
Of course, a fundamental question that merits consideration is - 'Why is an ethics what is needed?'.
It is proposed that necessary characteristics of such an ethics would include:
- Progressive foundations
- Broad base of acceptance
- Practical applicability
- Forward thinking
And that, in order to develop and maintain these characteristics, a project would need to;
- Initially develop robust core aims, while developing a culture that encourages wide engagement.
- Be framed as the intiation of a persistent process - one which will keep the framework abreast of and responsive to developments.
- Allow for itself to be 'forked' (after the manner of open-source projects) to support diversity of detailed application.
- Develops a framework-structure for representing/communicating/encoding ethical statements which:
- is not overly reductive, but remains rigorously rational,
- strikes the most effective balance between clarity and simplicity on the one hand, and appropriate flexibility of application on the other,
- supports the process-based approach without introducing undue ambiguity.
A London Meetup Group has been formed (Jan 2016).
There is a space for discussion here.