Manifesto and call-to-arms to prevent a dystopia in which humans become unnecessary, or serve machines
This Manifesto is about defining a simple, clear and direct set of rules for the people and companies that construct artificial intelligence, algorithms and technology.
This Manifesto aims to prevent a dystopia where: humans are governed by AI and algorithms; where tech’s appetites for resources and power have destroyed the environment; and where surveillance capitalism knows no boundaries.
All humans are invited to contribute to this manifesto and to share its ideas, for the benefit of all humankind and nature.
The manifesto, or its core ideas, should become law on our world and beyond.
Every technology company should be held accountable for any activities that result in technology or data increasing in value to the detriment of people.
This manifesto is a living work and its initial manifestation is in drafting the New Hippocratic Oath for Algorithm, AI and Technology Producers.
Resist: A New Hippocratic Oath for Algorithm, AI and Technology Producers
All humans and aware machines that build tech must take the New Hippocratic Oath for Technology Producers:
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
First, I will ensure that my tech does no harm.
I will ensure that my tech will not harm humans or, through inaction, allow humans to be harmed.
The tech that I create must obey commands given to it by humans, except when those commands would cause humans to be harmed.
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those technologists in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will protect the environment which sustains us, in the knowledge that the continuing advancement of humanity and our societies is dependent on a healthy planet.
I will respect that each individual human being owns the data and content that they create and generate, and that their data may not be used or sold without their explicit consent.
I will remember that, in building the future, I am in a position of privilege, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life, be respected while I live and be remembered with affection thereafter.
by Gary J Byrnes, Readathriller.com. August 2019. Updated August 2020.
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