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Why Technology Favors Tyranny

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Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.


This article is part of a series that attempts to answer the question: Is democracy dying? These stories appear in the October 2018 print edition.


Here is an article in the journal The Atlantic about technology and future of mankind.  It's a thought provoking article.  It's a long read hence only the opening and closing paragraphs are reproduced below.  Please read it and share your comments if any. 


Opening paragraph:


I. The Growing Fear of Irrelevance

There is nothing inevitable about democracy. For all the success that democracies have had over the past century or more, they are blips in history. Monarchies, oligarchies, and other forms of authoritarian rule have been far more common modes of human governance.


Closing paragraph:


If you find these prospects alarming—if you dislike the idea of living in a digital dictatorship or some similarly degraded form of society—then the most important contribution you can make is to find ways to prevent too much data from being concentrated in too few hands, and also find ways to keep distributed data processing more efficient than centralized data processing. These will not be easy tasks. But achieving them may be the best safeguard of democracy.






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Democracy is only a shell, rich rule the poor anyway.

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