Human-AGI integration and trade is a term which illustrates a future scenario involving Artificial General Intelligences (AGIs) establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with humans by way of trade over conflict.

Presently, legal systems provide laws which mediate disputes between parties and provide a framework in which a human society operates. In the future, this arrangement would be expanded to include AGIs. Laws which are mutually acceptable by both humans and AGIs would present legal pathways to settle conflict while also offering both species routes to acquire goods via trade. To implement such a scenario, all AGIs must be instilled with law-abiding values such that they respect human property rights. Reciprocally, humans must come to recognize AGI rights.

J. Storrs Hall argues in "Engineering Utopia" that initially, the number of AGIs would probably be small. Therefore. they would likely trade with humans for items which they cannot manufacture. As the AGI population grows, so too would their accumulation of knowledge. Eventually, given sufficient numbers and technological development, the AGIs would likely trade exclusively among themselves, enabling advances well ahead of their human counterparts. This suggests that the 'era' of human-AGI trade would be limited.

As an example of the above scenario, the AGIs might not know how a computer is built, therefore it would make sense for them to trade with humans for that commodity. Eventually, the knowledge and resources required to build computers would be attained by the AGIs, enabling them to produce superior units. Ultimately, all human technology would be absorbed in this manner, thus ending human-AGI trade.

See Also


  1. Hanson, Robin.Meet the new conflict, same as the old conflict, Journal of Consciousness Studies.
  2. Hanson, Robin.Prefer Law To Values.
  3. Hall, J Storrs. Engineering Utopia, Artificial Intelligence, 2008: Proceedings of the First AGI Conference.