How will AI integrate into Governance and Leadership?
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making a lot of headlines lately as leading technology companies inch closer to creating truly artificial intelligence.


At the recent CES-2018 Expo (Consumer Electronics Show), AI was the key topic of discussion in everything from our cars to fridges, and obvisouly our computers and digital lifestyles. One of the leaders of Googles AI research development team stated that "the dawn of AI could have almost the same impact as when humans began using fire".


What will this mean for governance? AI will need to be addressed on many fronts at all levels of governance as it will be such a fundamental change in our lives. I have discussed some of the key points for now but more will arise as this technology develops;


Preventing SkyNet

One of the biggest concerns with AI has come from sci-fi movies such as "The Terminator" where our own creation outsmarts us and attempts to destroy humanity. With AI on the horizon those fears start to become real. Tech genius, Elon Musk has grave concerns saying that "[AI] is the biggest risk we face as a civilisation". Other intellectual heavy weights such as Stephen Hawking have supported Musk in his concerns and in particular want them banned globally from any control of military assets. Both Musk (participant) and Hawkins have endorsed the "Asimolar AI Principles" which can be viewed here: . Hopefully the worlds governments heed these warnings and put limits on AI to ensure these fears are not realised.


Recognition of citizenship for AI

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"Data" the android from Star Trek Next Generation.

Recently the AI Robot, Sohpia was given citizenship in Saudi Arabia. "She" became the first AI to be recognised as a citizen in any country in the world. Whilst this was likely more of a publicity-driven decision, if our own creations do start to become self-aware and sentient then their rights may need to be addressed. We have seen this moral dilemma played out many times in Sci-Fi shows and in the not too distant future, governments may need to consider if an AI can be considered an 'individual' and what rights they may be entitled to. If we also develop the ability to transfer a dying persons consciousnesses into artificial bodies.....well....


Could AI aid in governance and leadership

I believe that initially AI could be used in some small part to assist governments in effective leadership. It will likely start with improved communication, perhaps better analysis and reporting, but could AI one day take a role in society where it actually helps map out our futures and has direct control in leadership? At first it can be an alarming concept, but many people might consider this a viable alternative when you consider the idea of removing personal prejudice, greed and ambition from decisions affecting many people. An AI is likely to make decisions without the consideration of personal gain and from a purely un-emotional standpoint. Of course, a completely dispassionate approach to leadership also has its drawbacks. I recently read an article where a person claimed to have been thrown 6,000 years into the future, and he claimed that AI was running all world governance, according to him things were going quite well! I do not believe that we will surrender key decision making to the first generation of AI's but this is definitely an area to keep an eye on as it may provide new and invaluable support to our leaders at all levels of government.


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Last modified on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:06

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