In an effort to build perfect machines, humans have selected the best aspects of human intelligence to go into AI. However, may the flaws we overlooked be the crucial missing parts to prevent robots from going rogue?
Artificial intelligence and automated systems are fundamental to modern society. It has become a part of our daily lives and is not going away anytime soon; in fact, more and more robotic and automated aid is being used.
Due to the widespread usage of AI, developers and engineers are faced with two moral conundrums: how can we create robots that uphold our values and prevent them from acting erratically?
One author claims that coding more humanity into robots and endowing them with traits like empathy and compassion is one alternative that has not been sufficiently studied.
Is mankind the solution?
Dr. Eve Poole OBE, a writer and scholar, addresses the idea that human nature holds the key to society’s dilemma of how to ensure AI is ethical in a new book titled Robot Souls, due out in August.
She contends that in an effort to achieve perfection, humans eliminated the “junk code,” which includes feelings, free will, and a sense of purpose.
“This ‘junk’ is what humanity is made of,” she remarked. Human emotions, our tendency to make mistakes, our desire to tell stories, our eerie sixth sense, our ability to deal with uncertainty, an unwavering belief in our own free will, and our capacity to find significance in the world around us are all examples of our junk code.
The coordinated effort to keep our species safe lies behind all of these shaky and quirky features, making this junk code essential to human thriving. They all work together as a variety of ameliorators with one thing in common: they keep us connected to one another so that there is safety in numbers.
As AI assumes more and more decision-making responsibilities in our daily lives and as worries about bias and prejudice in AI grow, Dr. Poole argues that the solution may lie in the characteristics we initially wanted to remove from autonomous machines.
“If we can crack that code, the part that drives us all to want to survive and flourish as a species together, we can share it with the machines,” she said. Giving them what is essentially a “soul,”
In the new book, Poole makes a number of recommendations for how to proceed in order to make this a reality, such as establishing a strict regulatory framework, an instant ban on autonomous weapons, and a licencing system with guidelines that reserve the final say over a person’s life or death to another person.
She contends that in addition, we need agree on Al’s path to legal personhood as well as the requirements for it.
The Human Genome
“We ignored a lot of characteristics when we built AI because humans are flawed,” says Poole. “It was believed that robots would perform less effectively if they possessed traits like emotions and intuition, made mistakes, and sought meaning and purpose.
But upon reflection, it appears that the source-code of the soul is where all of these irrational qualities come from. Because it is this ‘junk’ coding that truly makes us human and encourages the kind of reciprocal kindness that ensures humanity’s survival and progress.
Robot Souls examines AI advancements as well as the growth of concepts related to consciousness and the soul.
It puts our “junk code” in this context and makes the case that it is time to bring it to the forefront and utilize it to reevaluate how we are creating AI.