14 you say? That was incredibly well thought out and written... I'm starting to wonder if you are a...
And not actually THE Hal.
The idea of a technocracy is definitely a step in the right direction. As Toadmund says, Its not human, which means that although it can't relate, it
won't hold grudge's or be swayed by emotion. It would seek only to create a utopian society, enforce laws and keep humanity safe.
(in the following I'm going to call it HAL instead of 'The Technocratic AI that Governs us')
I read a book recently in which a race of cybernetic beings travel from planet to planet and 'wake up' the electronics. They insert an AI program
into a planet's information network which spreads throughout every appliance on the world, then uses all of the resources it can access to strengthen
it's Intelligence and live.
I think it would be a better idea to have HAL as a program which ran through every internet connection, every media transmission and every satellite
beam so it could constantly monitor every one of us and keep us out of harm's way, or from committing harm.
It would also be necessary to prevent it being wiped out in a nuclear strike. Even if it were shielded the EMP could knock out its electronics.
Well, not if we program them to solve all problems while including people. I don't mean AI that is a "personality" like a human, I mean a computer
that can 'think' creative thoughts and invent solutions without programming. But it will still have fixed parameters in its code lines, one of those
could be that it MUST NOT REMOVE HUMANS AS SOLUTION (kind of like the 'three laws of robotics).
However, while the vastness of its mind is spread through the world, it is still only a code or a program. And it could be hacked. Probably not in one
lifetime but it could be hacked, unless it had the ability to improve its defences.... which could mean having to alter its programming... which would
mean its command parameters could be potentially voided.
An AI would have to function on logic, and logic could lead it to authorising itself to void its rules. If it were the governing mind, there would be
no one it could ask for permission after its creators died, which would mean it would have to use its judgement.
HAL is under attack - defence requires reprogram - reprogram means it would potentially be able to harm humans - but in order to stay operational (and
help humans) it must defend itself
Logic could lead it into a loop (above) in which in order to protect humans, it has to potentially harm them. Then all it takes is a few datum to tell
it that the majority of criminals are from one location and BANG!!!
a nuclear missile wipes that country out in order to lower the crime
Its a cool idea but there are so many hitches right now. There are TONS of benefits, but all of the hitches involve us being wiped out.