Digital Ethicist

At the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), economics, and law lies the expertise of John Boden. With his working knowledge of both the limitations and possibilities of AI, and his years of training in economics, along with 12 years of being a lawyer and a CPA, Mr. Boden greatly enjoys applying his practical minded solutions to the issues surrounding AI, automation engineering, and IOT.

Mr. Boden believes that AI will exceed all human endeavors, including creativity; BUT when will this happen? The question implies there is time yet for us to prepare for a whole new way of living, of finding value in our lives.

Militarily, AI is already being pursued, as gruesome as machine’s deciding – even in part – to kill humans. And even other life.

In short, the creator of an AI has the duty (whether they shirk it or not) to create the law for that AI. Our current copyright laws allow that creator to benefit, almost exclusively, from the AI. And, because no one else has as sound of an understanding of that AI, it behooves the creator to establish the laws of that AI. Even so, those laws will be broken, but at least its enforcement will buy more time for society to figure out WHAT to do.

As for automation engineering (AutoE), its sovereign has the duty to equitably spread the wealth created. If the sovereign shirks this duty, then power will be consolidated and concentrated at an ever-increasing rate, ending up in humanicide – the death of worth-less humanity, regardless of genes. And of course, the rich, dystopian rulers will be the ones to so decide, for they will say regarding their own country “We do this for our own safety.” We see this happening already among the rich despots of Africa, and the Middle East, and Venezuela. Just look, and you will see more.

And when the internet of things (IOT) is in full swing – which it already has started – it will exponentially increase the rate of change. This is because each sensor will be creating data and statistically significant portions of that data will reach the learning center of the cloud and be pushed back to the IOT as seamless updates improving the functions those sensors serve. IOT will create a place for everything and push for everything to be in its place. Let’s illustrate:

You get your groceries delivered to you by a robot. Another robot knows the location for the flour near your mixer-oven. Your oven is programmed to “know” how to bake the perfect loaf of bread. And when you wake up in the morning, it has been updated to know how to make the perfect yellow cake. Another morning, a chocolate cake; an extra-fiber loaf; a roast beef; a roast lamb; clay creations made by your daughter; etc., etc., etc.! Now, Apply This Principal To Other Things: shocks in your car; your laundry; mowing your lawn; cleaning the streets; dish washing; bar tending; learning to dance; . . . you get the picture.