Acta Scientific Computer Sciences

Research Article Volume 3 Issue 12

Direct Government by Algorithm
Towards Establishing and Maintaining Trust when Artificial Intelligence Makes the
Law: a New Algorithmic Trust Compact with the People

Stephen Castell*

Chairman, Castell Consulting, UK

*Corresponding Author: Stephen Castell, Chairman, Castell Consulting, UK. E-mail:

Received: October 05, 2021; Published: November 10, 2021


Noting the coming of the Intelligent Autonomous Machine (‘I.AM’) Species, the author in December 2020 published the first-ever proposals for Fundamental Articles of I.AM Cyborg Law, and for the establishment of an International Cyborg Regulation Authority (‘ICRA’). In papers published over the past thirty years, the author has also led expert professional thinking and analysis of The Questionable Presumption of the Reliability of Computer Evidence. This is an issue that has received much attention in the wake of the December 2019 Bates -v- Post Office English High Court decision in regard to the many previous faulty civil prosecutions arising from, and relying on, the PO’s flawed Horizon system. And in April 2021, in a unique professional public Debate, the author proposed the Motion “This House would prefer to be Governed by Algorithm direct, than by Politicians who are not ICT Professionals and who have never coded software to deliver a functionally useful Algorithm for any customer or user”. This identified the inevitability of Government By Algorithm (‘GBA’) - currently happening, however, in circumstances where nobody has ever been democratically asked if they are happy with Algorithmic Government or AI Law-making. Interlinking Cyborg Law and Regulation, the (un)Reliability of Computer Evidence, and GBA, this article emphasises the foundational importance of the concept of Trust. It addresses this critical Trust issue by way of presenting elements of a potential Manifesto for a hypothetical Cyborg, Algorithm and Robot Party, CARP. This proposes and provides a novel form of (politician-free) Direct GBA, encompassing mechanisms for establishing a new Algorithmic Trust Compact with the People, consistent with the posit that the minimum standard demanded in tort from those purporting to hold themselves out as qualified to govern by algorithm chimes readily with the features and characteristics of Cognitive Competence.

Keywords: Intelligent; Algorithm; Trust; Government; AI; Automated; Decision; Machine; Cyborg; Law; Regulation; Evidence; Forensic; Robot; Software; Reliability; Cognitive; Competence; Tort


Citation: Stephen Castell. “Direct Government by Algorithm Towards Establishing and Maintaining Trust when Artificial Intelligence Makes the Law: a New Algorithmic Trust Compact with the People". Acta Scientific Computer Sciences 3.12 (2021): 04-21.


Copyright: © 2021 Stephen Castell. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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