The Technology of Mind and a New Social Contract


Bill Hibbard





Technologies of Mind and Life



Progress of biology, neuroscience and computer science leave no doubt that we will have such technologies



These technologies will bring:

      Great variance of intelligence

      Great variance of values

      Indefinite life span



Changing Assumptions for Social Contract


We assume all humans have:

      Roughly equal intelligence

      Shared values as part of human nature

      Limited and equal life spans


Technologies of mind and life will change these


Consequences of changes:

      Humans unable to share languages?

      Humans have unequal legal rights?

      Minds with great power and without compassion


Imbalance Individual Freedom vs Social Cooperation

A New Social Contract


A mind may have greater than human intelligence only if it values the long‑term life satisfaction of all intelligent minds


Weight long-term rather than short-term

Weight unhappiness more than happiness

Constantly relearn to classify humans and their emotions

Only increase own computing resources when net benefit

Count dead people as maximally unhappy


This will require attention to detail


Benefits of New Technologies


Indefinite life span


Spend time with family and friends rather than job


Arts and sciences


The company of super-intelligent minds



These are only extensions of current human aspirations



Regulated development, rather than ban or total freedom

      Collective, democratic control over technology


Social Security

      SS Trustees predict falling productivity over next 75 years

      Sharing the wealth under 100% unemployment


Intelligent Weapons

      Machines deciding life and death of humans

      Rule by an elite, without the need for a citizen army


Protecting Children

      Answer people's concerns for their children's world

      Cannot stop technology, but control it