The possibility that artificially intelligent machines may some day pose a risk is well-known .
Less understood, but more immediately pressing, are the risks that humanistically intelligent [5, 7] peo- ple or organizations pose, whether facilitated by “smart buildings”, “smart cities” (a camera in every street- light), or “cyborgs” with wearable or implantable in- telligence. As we augment our bodies and our societies with ever more pervasive and possibly invasive sensing, computation, and communication, there comes a point when we ourselves become these technologies (what Minsky, Kurzweil, and Mann refer to as the “Sensory Singularity”).
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 we have spent a number of years devel- oping a Code of Ethics on Human Augmentation , further developed at IEEE ISTAS 2013 and IEEE GEM 2015 (the “Toronto Code”), resulting in three funda- mental “laws”.
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