Artificial Intelligence., Depoliticization., politics, Self-disempowerment., The Future of Mankind
( A five to six-minute read)
If someone from past centuries – be it 200 or 2000 years ago – were to time travel to this decade, they would be utterly amazed at our modern technology and it’s capabilities.
Politics and social unrest have been around since man first gathered into groups in order to survive. Someone always wants to be in charge, and someone is always unhappy with the way things are. Leaders have always used private or public communication tools and propaganda to gain or maintain power, and those who oppose them have always used the same to overcome them when necessary (et tu, Brute?).
These days a kid in Africa with a smart phone has more intelligent access to knowledge than the President of the United States had 20 years ago.
UNFORTUNATELY ARTIFICIAL iNTELLIGENCE ( IRRELEVANT OF ALL ITS PROMISED BENEFITS TO MANKIND) IS TRANSFORMING THAT KID AND ALL OF US INTO A DESIRABLE READILY EXCHANGEABLE COMMODITY.
The issue here is how today the political electronic culture and economical orders contribute to the communalization of us all. Creating a new balance between the different sources of power. Which are in turn diminishing the resonance of political loyalties, to be replaced by transnational logics of material consumption and self-assertion at cultural level.
A depoliticization. Self-disempowerment, and self- destruction wrought upon society guided by what I call, Silent Artificial Profit for Capitalism or Corporate Capitalism Artificial Intelligence promoted by unprecedented monopolies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter making all of us monolithic, with internet discourse becoming tighter and more coercive.
To date I have written quite a few post on the effects of AI which have fallen on deaf ears of those who have read them. Nare a comment.
I can’t say that I am surprised.
We are living more and more in a one – dimensional societies with our dignity so degraded it can only be expressed by one’s shopping choices.
Our world at the moment is absurd, ” When every person in a train carriage is staring at a small illuminated device, it is an almost tacky vision of dystopia” – Eliane Glaser, author of Get Real.
What she saying I think is that we need to expand our horizons or we will all end up in an eternal feed back loop.
A recent Guardian Article, ” FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THE SAME” encaptures the problem. I quote.
“The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination and idealism will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands.”
How will computer technology affect future politics?
Is it time for politics and political theory to face the challenge of artificial intelligence (AI)? Political theory constantly lags behind technological developments.
Perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated to get any clear sense of the reality.
One of the ominous trend toward political dysfunction is that the number who vote in national elections continues to slide below fifty percent of the eligible voting-age population.
One possible reason for this trend is that many people believe that political representatives have little to offer in terms of solving the immediate daily concerns of employment, health care, education, housing, transportation, drugs, crime, social decay, injustice, and so on.
With rapid developments in the field of AI, a common estimate is that technological singularity will probably happen in the next 50 to 200 years. Even regardless of the time frame, the very possibility of superhumanly smart AIs poses serious political questions calls for some serious examination.
As AI continues to get smarter, its use will only grow. Virtually everyone’s mental capabilities will be enhanced by it within a decade, or will it be the opposite.
Maybe, if the right tools were available, people would have a better chance to communicate with representatives, know and protect their own rights, engage in deliberation, test hypotheses, discover knowledge, discuss theory, and better understand world events.
The public becoming more politically astute and “awakening from the dormant state.” Success may depend partially on whether participation can be achieved in such a way as to impinge minimally upon the matters of private life.
This “awakening” is the challenge for a politics of knowledge. Advanced information systems at least may put the right tools on the table.
Citizen and voter are being increasingly monitored through live cameras, social media, drones, etc. Every channel data can then be analyzed to check on changing political inclinations. As our devices get more interconnected and we become more device dependent, the political parties already know whom we will vote for.
Humans have stopped relying on other humans for important tasks like vigilance, politics, driving, etc. They have employed robots to take care of mission-critical tasks. On the same lines, governments of many countries have abolished Democracy and brought in “Mach-cracy” – machine enabled autocracy.
The Election of Donald Trump shows that current trends indicate that the Internet audience and social media users actively participate in some form of disinformation with or without their knowledge.
As Twitter, Facebook, Google increasingly become reliable sources of information, Internet audiences look no further. The Internet has brought in a climate of truth; information regarding corruption and misuse of power are made public using the Internet. . However, the public has diﬃcul- ty in identifying the “true story.” Social media has become a strong weapon; disinformation being the ammunition.
Can electronic discussion be organized and protected from dominance by lobbyists, special interest politicking, and the dirty politics of character assassination and mudslinging, while protecting the right of free speech?
Computer algorithms can execute stock trades in a fraction of a second, much faster than any human.
As these technologies become cheaper, more capable, and more widespread, they will find even more applications in an economy. One field is in the increasingly complex political landscapes and to understand the dynamics of the underlying power realities.
The most common trope is that of a hostile AI taking over and destroying/enslaving humanity. Yet there is another path—AI takes over and makes itself a ruler (openly or behind the scenes), but rules in the genuine best interest of humanity political decisions. We have the opportunity in the decades ahead to make major strides in addressing the grand challenges of humanity.
AI will be the pivotal technology in achieving this progress.
We have a moral imperative to realize this promise while controlling the peril.
It won’t be the first time we’ve succeeded in doing this.
The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to expand public involvement with information-driven politics, the politics of knowledge, not necessarily the politics of winning elections.
However our perception of the world is greatly influenced by culture and social conditioning. We all becoming Googly eyes |Consequently, ‘reality is reconfigured and the natural state of objects is modified, degenerating the subject’s essence and reflexivity. Surfaces are replaced by another sense of ‘reality’-a glossy, hyper-real world that we sometimes choose to believe in over the tangible world.
“Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.” – George Santayana
Does the public really want a daily digest of political information? The press and television industry used to be the principal gatekeepers of political debate. Not anymore, the absurdity of social conditioning formed by our utilitarian habits has taken over.
Now is the time to put in place:
Other wise we will be voting for computers. As computers become more and more powerful they will be categorically different.
We are letting ourselves become enchanted by big data only because we exoticize technology.
THE BRAIN IS A WONDERFUL ORGAN. IT STARTS WORKING THE MOMENT YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING, AND DOES NOT STOP UNTIL YOU TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE ON.
If you treat the future as something definite, it makes sense to understand it in advance and to work to shape it. But if you expect an indefinite future ruled by randomness, you will give up trying to master it. You are not a commodity or a lottery ticket.
WE NEED A NEW WORLD ORGANISATION (THAT IS INDEPENDENT AND TOTALLY TRANSPARENT ) TO EXAM AND APPROVE ALL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT ALGORITHMS THAT ARE NOT DRIVEN BY THE GOOD OF ALL BUT BY PROFIT.
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