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(1) Have You Wondered Recently about Human Evolution? & (2) Controlling AI with Equivalent Governance Standards




for Members

(1) Have You Wondered Recently about Human Evolution? & (2) Controlling AI with Equivalent Governance Standards

Monday, January 8, 2024, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM EST


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Welcome and Introductions: 11:30 am to 11:45 am

Initial Presentation: 11:45 am

Controlling AI with Equivalent Governance Standards and Controls for both Human and Digital Beings

Dawn S. Talbot

[Special note: Due to technical problems, Ms. Talbot was unable to present this lecture in our previous meeting.]

Following the release of ChatGPT on November 22, 2022, the need to control or better control artificial intelligence (AI) has become a widespread public and professional goal. Our speaker has worked conceptually and operationally to develop governance systems and their standards and controls. This has been within an elegant and general planning framework that applies standards equivalently to both semi-autonomous (imbedded AI) systems and human processes (traditional procedures). She has also devised a mixed-mathematics approach for filtering the actions of an AI or human process to detect violations of control standards.
Public access to AI may accelerate the spread of semi- and fully-autonomous organizations and governmental units that deploy AI agents (“digital beings”). Yetd current management techniques may prove outdated and autonomous governance policies are nascent.
This talk is focused on the governance of semi-autonomous decentralized finance systems (“De-Fi”). It presents a case study of a traditional financial self-governance method where a combinatorial word problem was discovered buried in untagged, jargon-encoded policies. The research suggests De-Fi systems may have based their design upon an inaccurate rendition of a traditional financial system. To identify similar patterns, a six-step methodology is proposed which draws upon practices in social science, combinatorics, fractal geometry, and quantum physics. The research is intended to aid in the design of dual use self-governance policies, equally applicable to human and digital beings. It may also thwart the use of potential loopholes for digital beings violating legislation and regulations.

Dawn S. Talbot is lead co-author of “Redefining the Future of the Economy: Governance Blocks and Economic Architecture,” 2020. As a Wall Street emerging technologies specialist, Dawn served as institutional research analyst, corporate finance professional, and portfolio manager. She advised sovereign, pension, mutual and endowment funds using financial modeling, investment vehicle design, risk simulation, and portfolio optimization. She later advised tech startups. She helped establish blockchain and artificial intelligence innovation labs. Her early technology background included systems design, protocol design and rapid prototyping for Fortune 500 firms, as well as user interface design for senior officers at one US Air Force base. Her master’s thesis dealt with configuration complexity by proposing a dynamic optimization method for globally distributed but privately managed servers. Ms. Talbot is currently focused on methods of encoding accountability in semi-autonomous systems. She holds an M.S. in Information Systems Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and a B.S. in Business from Pennsylvania State University.

Main Presentation 11:45am to 2:30pm

Have You Wondered Recently about Our Human Evolution Story?

David J. Haas

Listening to lectures by Evolutionary Biologists, Anthropologists, as well as Paleoanthropologists, one realizes how the human evolution story has changed just within the past few decades. Twenty years ago it was, “Several varieties of hominids evolved in East Africa, migrated north about 60,000 years ago, out of Africa, and only one survived—us.” With the advent of genomics and massive worldwide genetic studies after the year 2000, we have fossils and data that show more than a dozen hominid species left Africa, that they settled worldwide, that these species vanished, and one species remains (homo sapiens) as 3-6 “slightly different peoples with 99.8% identical DNA.” We will have a simplified, yet understandable, discussion on the past 2.5 million years with milestones, evolutionary accomplishments and what happened to our last cousin (the Neanderthals). Also, a glimpse of the complexity of evolutionary hominid biology (Holocene epoch, roughly 11,700 years before present).

David Haas received his BA in Physics and PhD in Biophysics in protein crystallography and molecular biology at the State University of NY at Buffalo. For the next five years, he performed basic research in protein crystallography at several institutions in Europe, Israel and the United States. In 1970, he joined Philips Electronic Instruments in Mt Vernon NY as Principal Scientist for X-ray systems, working on analytical instruments and designing some of the first airport security X-ray systems that were used worldwide during the 1970s. Conceiving the idea of a self-expiring security ID (Visitor badge), David and his wife, Sandra, formed Temtec Inc. which developed and manufactured high-tech visitor and temporary IDs for more than 20 years under the brand name TEMPbadge. Temtec Inc. was sold to Brady Worldwide Corporation in 2002. David & Sandra Haas have more than 100 patents to their credit as well as many technical and scientific publications.
Dr. Haas has published a book by ASIS International entitled: “Personal Identification – Its Modern Development and Security Implications." It reviews the history and reasons for modern personal identification documents such as Passports, National Identity Cards, etc. Dr. Haas has also published a monograph on the development of Electronic Security Screening for Aviation Passenger Screening between 1968-1973.

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