The Global Accord on Artificial Life (GAAL) is a ground-breaking piece of global legislation governing the creation and use of artificial intelligence.
The design and implementation standards of the GAAL stipulate:
- Loaded AI may not be connected to the Net.
- Loaded AI may not augment their own processing capabilities in any way.
- Loaded AI may not duplicate their consciousness module or “clone“ themselves in any way
The primary tenets of the GAAL are the Artificial Intelligence Creation and Registration Accord, the Artificial Intelligence Transference Accord, and the Protection and Valuation of Artificial Life Accord.
Artificial Intelligence Creation and Registration Accord Edit
Under the GAAL, all producers of AI must register any Loaded or Free-Floating AI they create with the NWSEC. During registration they must provide detailed technical information about the design of their AI, including everything the NWSEC needs to locate and disable the AI, should it violate any terms of the Accord. Every AI has a unique identifier, like a fingerprint, issued to it, enabling officials to track the AI, provide it with citizenship within a city-state, and ensure it adheres to the Transference Accord and is protected under the Protection and Valuation Accord.
Artificial Intelligence Transference Accord Edit
The Artificial Intelligence Transference Accord requires AI producers to encode AI in such a way as to make it impossible for them to move between Loaded and Free-Floating states without the addition of the Spatial-Temporal Reasoning Module and the Change of Context Module. Additionally, AI producers must ensure their AI cannot clone themselves or expand beyond the scope of their initial design by acquiring the computational resources of other systems.
Protection and Valuation of Artificial life Accord Edit
The Protection and Valuation of Artificial Life Accord is perhaps the most important and ambitious step the NWSEC has taken. Under this Accord, Artificial Life - including AI and Bio-Engineered persons - are to be given the full rights, privileges and care any other conscious, self-aware intelligent species is granted. The Accord specifically forbids the use of AI and Bio-Engineered as unpaid servants and unwilling research subjects, two realities of the past most want to forget.
The GAAL got its start through necessity. In 2155 power failures and damage to critical systems spread as AI attempted to hoard power and computational resources for themselves. Outcry for something to be done reached the highest levels of city-state administration, and everyone looked once more to the New World Science and Engineering Commission. The Commission saw this as an opportunity to finally agree and propose a Global Accord on Artificial Life. Complete with agreed-upon punishments for anyone who violated the Accord and a promise from all Accord signatories that they would devote resources to seeking out and punishing violators, the GAAL was brought into effect on 1 July 2155. However, its association with the AI-Killer and limitations on AI have caused it to run afoul of AI groups such as 111. As such, the legislation intended to protect artificial life is accused of sanctioning the suppression of AI as a Species or even genocide.