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Accelerating DemocracyTransforming Governance Through Technology$
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John O. McGinnis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151021

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151021.001.0001

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Accelerating AI

Accelerating AI

(p.94) Chapter Six Accelerating AI
Accelerating Democracy

John O. McGinnis

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on artificial intelligence (AI). The development of machine intelligence can directly improve governance, because progress in AI can help in assessing policy consequences. More substantial machine intelligence can process data, generate hypotheses about the effects of past policy, and simulate the world to predict the effects of future policy. Thus, it is more important to formulate a correct policy toward AI than toward any other rapidly advancing technology, because that policy will help advance beneficial policies in all other areas. The holy grail of AI is so-called strong AI, defined as a general purpose intelligence that approximates that of humans. The correct policy for AI—substantial government support for Friendly AI—both promotes AI as an instrument of collective decision making and helps prevent the risk of machine takeover.

Keywords:   artificial intelligence, information technology, machine intelligence, collective decision making, friendly AI, governance

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