Jul. 08, 2024. 10 min. read. 7 Interactions

Exploring ethical AI development: how can we ensure that the development of AGI not only aligns with our ethical values but also enhances our connection to nature and each other?

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Ethical AI Development for a Regenerative Future

In an age where technology often outpaces our ethical considerations, we stand at a crossroads. The wise sage once said, ‘Where there is no trust, there is no love.’ This principle guides us into the era of RegenAIssance, where AI and regenerative practices converge to shape a harmonious future.

Sharon Gal-Or

The Dawn of RegenAIssance

Can AGI embody regenerative ethics practice ?

In the unfolding narrative of our era, we stand at the precipice of a profound transformation — a transformation driven by the advent of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). This is not just another chapter in technological advancement; it is the beginning of what is called the RegenAIssance, a renaissance where ethical AI development harmonizes with regenerative practices to create a future where value alignment, ecosystems thinking methodology, and ethical AI principles flourish.

For movements focused on AI ethics, transformation, or regeneration, it’s essential to clearly articulate their vision and engage those who may not yet grasp the urgency or potential of these changes. It’s not just about defining AI ethics but embodying its values and presenting a new approach. We must move beyond echo chambers and reach circles of influence, sparking curiosity, understanding, and action. By weaving stories of unity and hope that resonate with social needs, we can shape a collective consciousness that harmonizes AI and human values.

As we transition, our strength lies in inspiring and connecting. Embracing new models of thinking and acting can foster a world where ethical AI and human progress are intertwined, leading to a more enlightened and compassionate civilization. Together, we can transform interactions with technology and each other, living the values of AI ethics and creating positive change globally.

Can we? As for me it seems we are clueless, and yet I urge you to keep reading what’s next, trust me. 

The Flaying of Marsyas (Credit: Titan aka Tiziano Vecelli via Wikimedia Commons)

As Viktor Frankl insightfully noted, “It is not the diameter of your circle that counts, but how you fill it.” This highlights the importance of enriching our existing relationships while also extending our reach to new communities, ensuring that each connection is meaningful and impactful.

Embodying Regenerative Ethical Behavior

Actually, I take my words back, I don’t wish you to trust me, as I can be very sincere with my writing and good intentions and yet be sincerely wrong (and same goes to the leading AGI developers and industry), so…  but can we trust nature? 

Regeneration is what nature does to perpetuate the cycle of life; ethics is what humans do to sustain civilization. But what is the regenerative ethical behavior we should expect from those championing ethical AI development? Who among us truly embodies these values? The answers lie not in static lists of do’s and don’ts, but in our ongoing participation and choices, often made under extenuating circumstances. They emerge from our recognition of our interconnections, our interdependence, and our deep compassion and love for all life.

What is the regenerative ethical behavior we should expect from those championing ethical AI development?

Integrating Nature and Technology

To embrace regenerative ethics in AI, we must adopt Nature-Based Solutions, making choices that are conducive to life. This means reconnecting humanity to the belief that nature is sacred and recognizing that we and AI are part of nature, grown from the same molecules as all life. We must also embrace the cycle of death and rebirth, understanding that all things, including AI systems, should have a finite life or – Is it the “Death of Death?” as a fact for the FDA and our modern society to embrace. This perspective encourages us to design AI with the intention of eventual decommissioning and recycling, much like the natural lifecycle of living beings, see in my previous articles “Digital Best Friends” and “System  Design in Circadian AI”.

In an era of polluted data and information overload, Regenerative practices involve integrating intuition and holistic consciousness with rational thought, allowing us to navigate complexity with wisdom and compassion. This requires a commitment to continually deepening our understanding and enhancing our integrity, beauty, and regenerative capacity. For example, the Seventh Generation Principle emphasizes that decisions made today should result in a sustainable world for seven generations into the future. This approach is detailed in the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, which dates back to anywhere between 1142 and 1500 AD. It has influenced not only Indigenous governance but also modern sustainability practices​​​​. By adopting such principles, we can ensure that our actions are conducive to the flourishing of all life, both now and in the future. This holistic approach aligns with the core values of ethical AI development, promoting long-term thinking and sustainability in all our endeavors.

A commitment to systemic sense-making is crucial. This involves nurturing ‘ableness’ in ourselves, our projects, and the systems we work within. It requires us to identify central nodes and ganglions in these systems for maximum ethical impact, connecting the system more deeply to itself and fostering a sufficiency approach — not consuming more than we need, same applies to AGI, not consuming more electricity than it needs. This practice of ethical AI development must also include a commitment to questioning implicit assumptions and agreements, many of which are so deeply embedded in our societal training that we may not even realize their presence. As Bostrom (2014) warns, “We must ensure that the pursuit of superintelligence does not lead us down a path where our ethical considerations are overshadowed by technological advancements.” This highlights the need for ethical vigilance in the development of AI systems.

Reconnecting humanity to the sacredness of nature is a critical component of RegenAIssance. This responsibility involves ending the story of separation and remembering that humans are part of nature. Our ability to impact all other life forms comes with a greater responsibility to ensure that our actions are conducive to the flourishing of all life.

Expanding your influence by nurturing your current network and reaching out to new connections (Credit: Sharon Gal-Or via DALL-E)

Speed of Light or Speed of Trust?

Can we trust AGI to choose to embody regenerative ethics practice ?

Trust is the foundation of any ethical system. As we develop AGI, ensuring that these technologies embody regenerative ethics practices is crucial. This requires that their development processes are transparent, inclusive, and grounded in core human values.

Firstly, practicing forgiveness within AGI development means creating systems that can learn from mistakes and adapt. Just as humans must forgive themselves and others to move forward, AGI must be designed with the capability to recognize errors and correct them in a way that promotes growth and improvement​​​​.

Secondly, humility is essential. AGI systems must be developed with an understanding of their limitations and the recognition that human oversight is critical. This means involving diverse perspectives in the development process, ensuring that no single viewpoint dominates the ethical framework guiding AGI​​.

Thirdly, a commitment to truthfulness is vital. AGI systems should be transparent in their operations and decision-making processes. This transparency builds trust and ensures that stakeholders can understand how and why decisions are made, reducing the risk of misuse or misunderstanding​​.

Finally, the inclusivity of these systems is non-negotiable. Involving a broad spectrum of society in the development and oversight of AGI ensures that the technology serves the collective good and addresses the needs and concerns of all community members​​, and for us to trust AGI to embody regenerative ethics practices, we must embed forgiveness, humility, and truthfulness in both our personal lives and the systems we create. This holistic approach will help build AGI technologies that are not only advanced but also aligned with the ethical values essential for a sustainable and just society.

Integrating Holistic Consciousness

Ethical AI development also necessitates integrating holistic modes of consciousness into our rational thought processes. Since the scientific and industrial revolutions, rational thinking has dominated our approach to problem-solving. However, as science advances, we begin to understand the importance of intuition and faith — qualities that cannot be fully captured by machines but are essential for holistic ethical decision-making, see my previous article “Spiritual Fusion Machine”.

AI, particularly Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), holds the potential to surpass human intelligence, wisdom, and morality. To harness this potential, we must ensure that AGI aligns with our values and enhances the ecosystems in which we live. This alignment is essential for creating technologies that support life, promote fairness, and foster inclusivity. The principles of biomimicry and spiral dynamics can guide us in developing AI systems that emulate the resilience and adaptability found in nature.

An example of this approach is “The AI Ecosystem Council,” a unique initiative designed to engage users in thought-provoking dialogue. The Council features 12 AI characters, each representing different human archetypes and perspectives inspired by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. These characters offer diverse insights to navigate complex paradigms and explore new ways of thinking. The Council operates through a narrative and dialogue-driven format, using humor, storytelling, and systems thinking to challenge conventional ideas and foster deeper understanding.

Experience the GPT here: The AI Ecosystem Council.

By integrating value alignment and ecosystems’ thinking into AGI development, and utilizing innovative platforms like The AI Ecosystem Council, we can create resilient, adaptable technologies that align with human values and promote a sustainable future.

Can David Trust Goliath? (Credit: Sharon Gal-Or via DALL-E)

Embracing a New Paradigm

The shift from a technocentric to an ethocentric development paradigm emphasizes the importance of ethical considerations in technological advancements. This includes ensuring transparency, accountability, and inclusivity in AGI systems. By adopting a sufficiency approach and questioning implicit assumptions, we can break free from outdated norms and create a more equitable and sustainable future.

As we develop AGI, it is crucial to embody the values we wish to see in the world. Ethical AI practices should be reflected not only in the systems we create but also in the behavior of those who develop and deploy these technologies. Regenerative ethics involves making decisions that are conducive to life, reconnecting humanity with nature, and embracing the cycles of death and rebirth as natural processes. This approach requires us to see beyond the immediate benefits and consider the long-term impacts on future generations, embodying the wisdom of indigenous cultures that think seven generations ahead.

To ensure that our ethical frameworks are deeply rooted in our collective consciousness, we can leverage AI cultural memes, “ozeozes,” the DNA for the new AGI era. These cultural symbols and stories can help embed ethical principles within AI systems, ensuring that they operate with a deep sense of responsibility and care for all life forms.

The School of Athens (Credit: Raphael aka Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino via Wikimedia Common)

Questions for Readers:

  • How do you envision integrating regenerative ethical practices in AI development within your community or industry? 
  • How can we ensure that the development of AGI not only aligns with our ethical values but also enhances our connection to nature and each other? 
  • What steps can we take together to foster a RegenAIssance in our technological future?

To sum, the RegenAIssance is an opportunity to redefine our relationship with technology, nature, and each other. By embracing ethics using regenerative practices and integrating them into AI development, we can create a future where technology serves humanity, enhances quality of life, and fosters a thriving, inclusive society. As we embark on this journey, let us remember that where there is no trust, there is no love. We must trust the process and each other to create a world that reflects our highest aspirations.

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About the writer

Sharon Gal-Or

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Sharon Gal-Or is a writer, architect of change, Pioneer of Transformation, digital nomad, kosmo punk, game inventor, expert on communities, on innovation and management, leadership & sustainability, SingularityNET ambassador, pioneer @ SNET AGI Collaborations for Ethical Frameworks, and USTP ambassador in Israel. To connect, click here.

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3 thoughts on “RegenAIssance

  1. This is a good read, albeit a bit long. Yes the Hope must not die. Good intentions are what we can hang onto as we navigate the unknown.

    The safest approach would have been to avoid conscious AI. However, since we are already building AGI, we can no longer guarantee that. This will be humanity's most important challenge in the coming, almost-on-the-horizon near future.

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    1. Nowadays, more and more people acquire new appreciation and respect for nature; they develop sensitivity for human beings and nature and discover that differences between people in various fields such as sex, race, color, language, political conviction or religious belief, are not a threat but interesting and enriching. These people understand that other people, whether they are neighbors or whether they are overseas or of generations yet to be born, are not different from them and there is no room for indifference in relation to their fate. They develop sensitivity for other species and avoid causing any suffering to other beings. They understand that history doesn’t have to repeat, and enslaving AI is something which we as humanity must avoid and I can go forwever describing how our world has changed and the poorer on modern times are enjoying a life quality which is higher then the nobels of the 15th century ... I travel Marion, I meet a lot of amazing people, young minds, and I also think what about you marry a woman from different religion, nationality, you see where are we getting? we are the same,these old naratives of separation will end, Actually, do you know what happens to all in the end? also to Putin and Kim, and just name ... any single human that leads to more suffering, you know what happens to all in the end?

    2. Hope and good intentions: You're right to emphasize the importance of hope and good intentions as we navigate uncharted territory. In the face of uncertainty, our ethical compass and positive aspirations can guide us, but it is not certain.

      Avoiding conscious AI: This indeed would have been the safest approach, as it eliminates many ethical and existential concerns associated with creating sentient artificial beings.

      The AGI challenge: You've highlighted a crucial point - we may already be on the path to developing Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). This reality means we can no longer guarantee avoiding conscious AI, making it imperative to address the associated challenges.

      Imminent future challenge: Your observation that this will be humanity's most important challenge in the near future is spot-on. The rapid advancements in AI technology suggest that we may face these issues sooner than many anticipate.

      Given these points, it's crucial for researchers, policymakers, ethicists, and the general public to engage in informed discussions about the implications of AGI and potential consciousness in AI. We need to develop robust frameworks for ensuring the responsible development and deployment of advanced AI systems, while also preparing for the ethical and societal impacts of potentially conscious AI.

      But my words feel empty even for me, how can we devolop robust frameworks, RegenAIssance? Even Sharon's great peace here is a highly theoritical approach. I always say humanity is doomed because of this, we know that we can do something about it, but knowing that we can do something is very different from doing it. Since the down of time, we know that humans should not kill other humans and we know that we can do something to stop this. Alas, we only know we can do something 😔

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