This article was published by The Future Society in Advisory Services, The AI Initiative on March 30, 2019

The Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI)

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Our future practices will be shaped by our individual and collective imaginations and by the stories we tell about who we are and what we desire, for ourselves and the societies in which we live.

Advisory ServicesThe AI Initiative
March 30, 2019
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The Future Society is a founding member of the Council on Extended Intelligence created by MIT Media Lab & IEEE-SA. The Future Society is a founding member of the Council on Extended Intelligence

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and the MIT Media Lab are joining forces to launch a global Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI).

CXI has recently published a seminal article entitled the Case for Extended Intelligence. It represents the first manifestation of the work of The Council on Extended Intelligence. Featuring the insights of CXI’s Project Teams and Membership working since June of 2018, the report frames how CXI initially believes Extended Intelligence can be fully realized, measured and evaluated.

The Council brings together a diverse group of individuals who agree on the following:

One of the most powerful narratives of modern times is the story of scientific and technological progress. While our future will undoubtedly be shaped by the use of existing and emerging technologies – in particular, of autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) – there is no guarantee that progress defined by “the next” is beneficial. Growth for humanity’s future should not be defined by reductionist ideas of speed or size alone but as the holistic evolution of our species in positive alignment with the environmental and other systems comprising the modern algorithmic world.

We believe all systems must be responsibly created to best utilize science and technology for tangible social and ethical progress. Individuals, businesses and communities involved in the development and deployment of autonomous and intelligent technologies should mitigate predictable risks at the inception and design phase and not as an afterthought. This will help ensure these systems are created in such a way that their outcomes are beneficial to society, culture and the environment.

Autonomous and intelligent technologies also need to be created via participatory design, where systems thinking can help us avoid repeating past failures stemming from attempts to control and govern the complex-adaptive systems we are part of. Responsible living with or in the systems we are part of requires an awareness of the constrictive paradigms we operate in today. Our future practices will be shaped by our individual and collective imaginations and by the stories we tell about who we are and what we desire, for ourselves and the societies in which we live.

These stories must move beyond the “us versus them” media mentality pitting humans against machines. Autonomous and intelligent technologies have the potential to enhance our personal and social skills; they are much more fully integrated and less discrete than the term “artificial intelligence” implies. And while this process may enlarge our cognitive intelligence or make certain individuals or groups more powerful, it does not necessarily make our systems more stable or socially beneficial.

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The Future Society and its various initiatives are well represented on the Council (CXI Members)

Nicolas Miailhe – Co-Founder & President, The Future Society; Co-founder, the AI Initiative

Cyrus Hodes – co-founder & Executive Director of the AI Initiative, The Future Society @The Future Society

Nicolas Economou – Chief executive, H5; co-chair, Law Committee, IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems