TransVision 2010 Presentation by Marta Rossi and Jacopo Tagliabue
The law in the time of Singularity
Trends in technology are all but linear: according to almost any possible measure, we had more developments in science and technology in the last 100 years than in the previous 300, as well as more discoveries in the last 10 years than in the previous 50. A growing number of scientists is thus predicting a forthcoming Singularity, the culminating moment of this exponential growth, where artificial minds will finally be real and a series of unprecedented changes will revolutionize the way humanity is. Taking this kind of post-human scenario very seriously, the aim of this talk is to explore the somewhat surprising consequences a Singularity may have in the administration of law (and, more generally, in moral theory and applied ethics).
In the first part we introduce a formal principle of justice called “justice as algorithm”, arguing that actual laws cannot fulfill this formal requirement due to structural flaws. Exploring today’s imperfect systems, we therefore claim that only a Singularity will allow human societies to pursue a (formally) perfect justice, by i) creating new laws compliant with specific formal constraints and ii) using A.I. systems to judge actions and events. In the second part we compare our radical proposal with the current debate in ethics and philosophy of law on the importance of Artificial Intelligence in the administration of law and related issues. Finally, we offer some concluding remarks on the pivotal role of moral values and applied ethics while approaching the Singularity, presenting a tentative “first principle” for tomorrow’s society.
|Marta Rossi graduated (B.A.) in Philosophy of Mind and Languages from San Raffaele University (Milan) with a dissertation on self-reference. She received her M.A. from the same institution with a final dissertation on the ontology of functionalism and its consequences in ethics and social theory. Her research are focused on mind-body relations, philosophical and scientific accounts of consciousness and the link between Singularity and social changes. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences, she has been working @ iLabs since 2006, where she is Strategic Partnership Manager, leading the management of projects in ethics, social and political theory.|
|Jacopo Tagliabue graduated (B.A.) in Philosophy of Mind and Languages from San Raffaele University (Milan) with a dissertation on formal ontology. He received his M.A. from the same institution with a final dissertation on scientific explanations in complex systems. He studied microeconomics, statistics and complexity theory in renowned international institutions (London School of Economics, New York University, Santa Fe Institute) and he is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences. He has been working @ iLabs since 2006, where he is now Chief Scientist for Qualitative Modelling.|
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