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  • Bahar Ansari

AI Governance. The arrival of the humanoid Bot. Where do we go from here? A short story

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

(because the world changes so fast)



Special thanks to George Zarkadakis, Bob Ambrogi, Michael Robbins, Banafsheh Akhlaghi, and others for the inspiration, contribution, feedback & review.




Synopses

Recently, the White House proposed a tech ‘bill of rights' to limit AI harms & to address AI’s exponential growth.

While an AI Bill of Rights is necessary, it could take some time. In this paper, I propose a creative solution using existing laws to solve the current impacts of AI on our society.

Imagine if you knew feeding your dog raw fish would result in your dog becoming physically aggressive, and changing his diet would change the dog’s personality? Apply this principle to AI. The data these AIs are being fed daily is creating unwanted results. If the diet is monitored, the AI can serve humanity with a lower risk to it.

Now how would we accomplish this task? How do we create a “clean data-meal” for the AI? I propose expanding the term “property” under the constitution to include our digital footprints, our digital identities.

While the GDPR in Europe did not grant data ownership rights, it attempted to shift control over personal data to citizens by implementing permission requirements. This has allowed for an opportunity for Citizens to pull their data together in data trusts and licensing this data to companies creating an income for the citizens.

While this idea is still in its infancy in Europe, data trusts are no different from any other trusts in the U.S. Instead of renting out a property, for example, and collecting rent; the trust would be licensing data to be public and private entities willing to pay for it, distributing the money as universal income to citizens/users.

The trust essentially becomes a middle-man between users and companies and is managed by a professional trustee in the best interest of the beneficiaries of the trust. Without some form of legislation or litigation, this opportunity, this “ownership” right, is nearly non-existent, with companies like Facebook monopolizing data without regard to users.

With the current conservative makeup of the Supreme Court, expansion of the term “property” under the U.S. Constitution to include our digital footprints is highly likely. It could serve as a shortcut to accomplishing the goal of cooperation with AI in the service of humanity. It could also help integrate tech companies into our communities more fairly.

Introduction

Supreme courts in Australia & South Africa have recognized Artificial Intelligence's right as an inventor in patents. A number of other countries like Canada are considering similar laws.

Legal systems all over the world remain the most traditional industries that are left. We come from the tradition of going back hundreds, sometimes thousands of years, to explain why a law exists in its current form. Yet, we question and decide whether that law should be changed daily because it no longer entirely applies to the facts.

When the law finally recognizes a right, it sets a cascade of authority and influence across the world.

So we are here. The age of A.I. has officially arrived.

So, where do we go from here?

I'm no technology expert. If you still don't know what A.I. is, you haven't learned to google things first. Start there.

A.I. is some vague term now that many people claim to know, and some have no clue, but something is for sure: we almost certainly use it in our daily lives.

Our iPhones have a chip inside with the most advanced neural networks that resemble the human brain. Some people have refrigerators smarter than…well, whomever you thought of just now. And don't even let me start on our cars.

Life has been awesome in the 21st century. We all have our artificially intelligent concierge ahm ahm Siri & Alexa (funny enough, both women.). All jokes aside, life has been a total hoot: pictures, videos, texts, calls from anywhere to anywhere all made possible by what was created.

But now, we have arrived somewhere new: our creations can create. They don't need us like they used to. They do it for the same fee, do it much faster, and do it more precisely. I don’t think that they are coming for us. I think that they are coming to make our lives easier for us, and they still need us.

So, where do we go from here?

Chapter 1

Rise of Automation

Before Covid-19, I had spent the last five years of my career eagerly convincing lawyers and judges to utilize technology.

Not complicated technology, just a couple of steps away from the fax machine. Yes, the fax machine. An average law school graduate and a freshly minted attorney were born in 1997. Nineteen-ninety-seven. I bet you have T-shirts' older than them. Imagine telling your first-year associate to "fax-file this suit!". It's like trying to explain to your kid what dial-up internet sounded like when connecting. Or AOL messenger. Imagine their reaction? Especially the chat… Like why wouldn't you just text?

Anywho… detour…

Imagine me and my short platinum hair, standing in a courtroom with a white male judge in his 70s as a 3rd-year associate, trying to convince him to have an electronic check-in process instead of a clipboard, or use an email with pdf attachments instead of fax-filing… I know… kind of funny now.

After COVID pushed the entire world online in early 2020, the legal industry had to unpause its growth button. Like the famous slogans at the time said, "justice can't wait!" Overnight (or a few nights), court systems around the world went online for filings, for hearings, for conferences. I mean, who can forget the cat debacle of 2021. The cat lawyer is now one of the most notable legal memes of all time. The cat lawyer even made the primetime news… for laughter. It's not every day that a lawyer is on tv to make people laugh. Usually, it's the opposite reaction.

Over the last two years, the legal industry has been ramping up to join us in the 21st century in terms of digital reach. Now it's time to deal with the most pressing matters of our time in the making for the last century: AI. It's time to raise what we have created.

The legal system waited for an entire generation and left this upgrade in the law in the hands of this generation of lawyers. The Facebooks, the Twitters, Tesla's humanoid bot, and A.I. inventors. They need us… those poor little A.I.s, I mean. It’s time for the laws to evolve to address the critical challenges of raising and merging with AI.

Without us, these little A.I.s will be taught some of the old garbage of the last century: the racist ideologies of post-war grandpas, the sexist ideologies deeply rooted in laws, beliefs, cultures & religion. Essentially, they will be carbon copies of the last century.

Just because AI has advanced, it doesn't mean it's too late. It also doesn't mean it's wise or can talk back or draw boundaries. Common… It's still just artificial intelligence. But it doesn't need to be cultivated and cared for the same way as you would take care of a child.

The data that's now raising our precious Arti (Artificial Intelligence) is to teach it the best of us. To teach selectively with data carefully prepared. In 2016, Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist a**hole in less than a day. Do you want Arti raised by the Facebook, YouTubes, and twitters of the world? I imagine if Arti had a face, it would be angry, cursing in some weird accent, smoking & and spitting all at once. And I don't like what I see.

How I imagine Arti is well-informed, understanding the world through the context of the now while remembering the details of history, constantly growing, learning, and evolving from all sorts of academic fields globally, and adjusting self to grow with the world raising it in harmony.

I would imagine all internet users as villagers bonding to protect their community, their children, their animal friends, and the nature they share. I would imagine Arti as the kid with the most potential to someday give back to our community in a big way… if you are Iranian or from the far East, that