What is the name of a political regime where an Artificial Intelligence rules all and make decisions?

  • 15
    I believe it's called "science fiction". – Joe C Jan 14 '20 at 8:03
  • 5
    Why make it unnecessarily complicated? It’s a dictatorship. – Moo Jan 14 '20 at 10:18
  • 2
    Pretty ambiguous in my opinion, what do you call a political regime run by humans / a human? – DrCopyPaste Jan 14 '20 at 10:49
  • 2
    @Tofesly That just means whoever designed the AI is running the regime. – user253751 Jan 14 '20 at 10:55
  • 3
    @user253751 no, it is not. If you have "true" AI (tm) that is not true anymore, this would be like saying, if I rule a country that really means my parents rule it, just because they made me... – DrCopyPaste Jan 14 '20 at 11:03

One very recent paper proposed the term "aicracy". It's too early to tell if this will take off (as a term).

Some users have suggested in the comments that this should be called dictatorship. I think that depends whether the people would accept being ruled by AI or not. There's actually a recent article on this (not using the term "aicracy" by the way), citing an actual survey.

The Center for the Governance of Change at Spain’s IE University polled 2,500 adults in the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands in January [2019]. The results reflect an intense anxiety about the changes brought about by advances in tech, with more than half of respondents worried that jobs would be replaced by robots, and 70% saying that unchecked technological innovation could do more harm than good to society. Respondents also expressed concerns about the impact of digital relationships replacing human contact as more people spend time online.

Perhaps most interestingly, a quarter of the respondents said they would prefer AI to guide decisions about governance of their country over politicians. [...]

The study also found that respondents expected governments to reduce the disruption that technology might have on their lives with regulation, limits on automation, and support for people affected by job losses. This “highlights the paradox in which we live,” the authors wrote. “People are disillusioned with governments, yet at the same time ask them to tackle the societal and economic negative effects that emerging technologies might have.”

So yeah, some people would "welcome our machine overlords", but apparently most won't. Of course, it's all theoretical, since we don't have a real general-purpose AI and most of the stuff written on the topic seems to ponder whether it will accept us rather than the other way around...

  • It’s a good way to call it, but I meant good AI. Now I understand. Check out my latest comment in comment section. It is the answer on my question. You were the first to who answered and seems the only one. So, this point is yours :) – Tofolt Jan 14 '20 at 15:57

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .