The Law in the Society

of Semi-Immortality

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Available from October 2011

On of the most problematic feature of our society is the human intervention in the administration of the law: almost every day we see that, other things being equal, two people receive different punishments for their behavior.

The administration of the law, as it is currently conceived, always implies a certain degree of discretion, causing a growing dissatisfaction among individuals towards the ability of society to grant a fair judgment to anyone. As we approach the technological Singularity, the need for humans in this process is going to diminish: a new generation of laws and the introduction of a "Cyber-Judge" will be the catalysts of a radical change in our world.

The “explosion of intelligence” brought by the Singularity will provide us with unprecedented technological opportunities: our knowledge of Reality will exponentially increase, allowing the invention of powerful Artificial Minds to assess, in few seconds, the compatibility between a given action and a set of basic principles. A fundamental prerequisite of the law is therefore its computability: the principles should be hierarchically arranged and formally stated so that an algorithm can deterministically map events to judgments. In this scenario, any degree of discretion virtually disappears: the administration of the law becomes a “standard” computational issue for an expert system, with a drastic reduction in time, costs and social troubles.

If the formal constraints for the new law are noncontroversial, the content of the law is far from obvious: from our perspective, any moral theory is just a way to achieve a predetermined goal (so, “right” and “wrong” do not exist a priori). Since iLabs long-term aim is the radical extension of life-span, the principles we put forward are the ones more likely to give humans a real chance of achieving that final goal.

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