Governance of Autonomous Systems
New developments and trends in the technology sector involving autonomous system operation demonstrate the vital importance of governance. With the rise of Internet of Things, as well as autonomous operation of vehicles, aircraft, and other systems for which there may be an association of human life, it is becoming increasingly clear that guidelines and controls must be placed on these systems to ensure that appropriate risk management is implemented.
One need look no further than classic portrayals of Murphy's Law than witnessing 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000 cortex gone awry to get a sense of what can go wrong if unchecked. Arthur C. Clark's prescience of today's reality is impressive; but he wasn't the only one. Isaac Asimov also contemplated the concept with his famous Three Laws of Robotics; a superbly conceived set of controls intended to prevent unfortunate "accidents" to humans, especially of malevolent intent. There are many other examples, but I'm sure you get the point.
As we continue to explore the application of Governance in the realm and time of automation, I'll keep you apprised of developments in this fascinating and rapidly evolving space.