I really found this podcast interesting, the concept of a non-human President. You know, it really makes a lot of sense. The computational power necessary to handle abstract conditions and make predictions about human behavior is well within today’s machine’s capabilities, your phone could probably do it. Imagine an administration based upon logic and reason, actually doing the People’s will. Wouldn’t that be a refreshing and novel thing?
You’ll notice that I did not include foreign policy as a concern. I don’t believe that we should have any foreign policy save for staying out of other nations, no foreign entanglements. Trump Of course, concurs with me as he has indicated that were he to win, he would pull our military out of Japan. That is the problem with our government today, it pays no attention to any Constitutional laws. And yes, the Constitution is the law, the highest law of the land in fact. Our 700+ military bases all over the world would have bereaved George Washington as us being hopelessly entangled. What has it done but to impoverish us and gain the enmity of the world?
I think a computer programmed by ethical people could do a far better job than most any of the meat bags we’ve endured so far. Question is, would the Dark Side just gain a more controllable puppet. My fear would be that the machine would have “IBM” stamped on the side, or perhaps “Diebold”. IBM developed the worlds most efficient human being inventory system for the Nazi’s and Diebold, well, need I rehash Halliburton and Dick Cheney? Pie in the sky for now but you know, the 2045 Initiative does say that they hope to have sentient androids in the very near future. Talk about a “birther” issue on steroids.
For now, our Constitution requires an actual “person” to be eligible for the Presidency but who knows what that definition will encompass in the future. AI and the singularity are already here, spiritual machines walk among us.
Mr. Savage does raise a thought provoking idea, I can see immediate advantages to an AI over flesh and blood. The main thing concerning me though, is that it would become a “Beast” co-opted by the Anti-Christ.
Wait a minute, hasn’t that already happened? Isn’t his name “Watson”?
Prologue is Epilogue.