Please, Ask Your AI Two Questions for Me

  1. What would be an optimal human decision-making system that included everyone in the U.S.?
  2. What AI processes would minimize the ratio of misinformation to reliable information circulating in such a system?

Facts:

“We live invested in an electric information environment that is quite as imperceptible to us as water is to fish.” (Marshall McLuhan, Counterblast, 1970)

  • Existing national human decision-making systems are antiquated and dysfunctional.
  • We will forever live in a hyperconnected digital world that is awash in both real-time data and misinformation.
  • The growth of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) applications is accelerating.
  • There is a frenetic global arms race to develop military AI applications.
  • There is an ongoing debate between those who believe AI will primarily work with humanity and those who worry AI, especially artificial general intelligence (AGI), could threaten humanity.
  • Together, the explosion of real-time data and ever more powerful AIs will dramatically change civilization for both good and ill — a matter of when, not if.

Needs.

In dealing with the future…it is more important to be imaginative and insightful than to be one hundred percent “right”….Even error has its uses. The maps of the world drawn by medieval cartographers were so hopelessly inaccurate, so filled with factual error, that they elicit condescending smiles today….Yet the great explorers could never have discovered the New world without them. Nor could the better, more accurate maps of today been drawn until men, working with the limited evidence available to them, set down…their bold conception of worlds they had never seen. [Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970]

Alternative:

[Political systems] are not human, though they are made of humans….[Historically, they] move from one semiautonomous, inhuman system to another — equally inhuman but perhaps more humane [system]…. [W]e must not confuse states that wear a human face with states that have humane institutions. [Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation, 1988]

Bottom-line:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change, that lives within the means available and works co-operatively against common threats. (Charles Darwin)

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Doc Huston

Consultant & Speaker on future nexus of technology-economics-politics, PhD Nested System Evolution, MA Alternative Futures, Patent Holder — dochuston1@gmail.com