The Ethical Regulator Theorem

The Ethical Regulator Theorem provides a basis for systematically evaluating the adequacy of existing or proposed designs for systems that make decisions that can have ethical consequences; regardless of whether the regulating agents are human, machines, or cyberanthropic hybrids.

The theorem builds upon the Good Regulator Theorem and the Law of Requisite Variety to define nine requisites that are necessary and sufficient for a cybernetic regulator to be both effective and ethical.

Super-Ethical Systems

A framework for classifying cybernetic systems is proposed, which highlights a future time-line bifurcation that results in one of two mutually exclusive outcomes:
  • Humanity is protected by superintelligent, ethically adequate "super-ethical" systems.

  • Humanity is dominated by superintelligent, ethically inadequate "super-unethical" systems.

For more information about the Ethical Regulator Theorem and Super-Ethical Systems, see the PDF Ethical Regulators and Super-Ethical Systems.