Computer A has just won the election and will be the new leader in the White House!
In the past leaders and cabinet ministers who knew little about economics or other subjects were trusted to make decisions.
Could a computer do better?
Computer A will be able to determine the effects of policies on the general happiness of the electorate.
It will remove humans from politics altogether!
What a scenario that is!!!
Do you find it creepy?
Well, whether we realise it or not, we put our trust in computers all the time.
Computer run our finances in the bank.
Computers run railways and plane flights.
So computers could also run our economy.
Economists rely heavily on computer models and predictions already.
Could a computer get rid of politicians altogether?
Well, getting rid of humans altogether is NOT easy.
The problem is that the GOALS need to be set for the computer and this is done by humans.
There are many grey areas in political decisions.
For example: One policy might make many people happy at the expense of a minority of the population.
Or we might prefer a less happy society where no one has to live a miserable life.
A computer can’t decide which of these outcomes is better, only we can do that.
Also, what we desire changes with circumstances.
The richer a society becomes they might feel obliged to help others in less prosperous countries.
Computers can’t decide this.
Even if a computer knew what we wished there would be questions–such as:
Should a democratic society simply follow the will of the majority or should the opinions of the minority also be taken into consideration?
Maybe someday computers will take over most of the political decision making.
BUT…I don’t see how they could decide what is best for the electorate and get rid of all the politicians forever.
What do you think?