“AI is far more dangerous than nukes [nuclear war-heads]. Far. Then why don't we have regulatory oversight? This is insane.”
“Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization. It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapon, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It could bring great disruption to our economy.”
International Data-Based Systems Agency IDA
Humanity and the Planet Are In Imminent Danger
Digital transformation and so-called “artificial intelligence (AI)” – which can more adequately be called “data-based systems (DS)” – comprise ethical opportunities and ethical risks. DS can be powerful for fostering human rights and sustainability but also for violating human rights and for destroying our planet.
Therefore, it is necessary to identify ethical opportunities and ethical risks as well as opportunities for promoting human rights and human rights risks precisely and at an early stage in order to be able to benefit sustainably from the opportunities and to master or avoid the risks. In the avoidance and mastering of risks, technology-based innovation can in turn play an essential role.
In order to guarantee human rights and to promote sustainability globally not only “offline” but also “online”, in the digital sphere as well as in the domain of Data-Based Systems (DS) –, an International Data-Based Systems Agency (IDA) needs to be established at the UN.
All Humans and the Planet Should Flourish with DS
Human Rights-Based Data-Based Systems (HRBDS)
Innovation and Human Rights Going Hand in Hand
Concrete Example: Purpose-Driven Data Use
An Analogy Shows: It Works!
To illustrate this approach in its feasibility, the following analogy serves: when one goes to the doctor, one also shares personal data so that the doctor knows who she has in front of her, and one tells her about one’s illness in order to hopefully experience relief from suffering as well as healing, without either the doctor being allowed to resell this data or the patient being offered to sell this data in order to receive better medical treatment. The doctor may also keep the patient’s file with the medical history strictly confidential – exclusively for the purpose of better treatment of the patient. It is also possible to share completely anonymized data for research purposes if the patient gives informed consent to this sharing.
International Data-Based Systems Agency (IDA)
Is IDA Realistic?
Sustainable and human rights-based data-based systems (HRBDS) and the International Data-Based Systems Agency (IDA) are results of multi-year-long research-project (started at Yale University and finalized at the University of Lucerne) led by Professor Dr. Peter G. Kirchschlaeger (Ethics-Professor and Director of the Institute of Social Ethics ISE at the University of Lucerne and Visiting Professor at the ETH AI Center, ETH Zurich).