Could artificial intelligence govern a sustainable world in the future?


One of the main problems on the planet we live on is that every government has very particular and limited interests, with no global vision, so there is no sustainable policy that benefits humanity as a whole.

The problems of immigration, hunger, unemployment, the environment, and the fight against a pandemic can only be solved if there is a synchronized movement on the part of all countries, and that is a very difficult thing to achieve.

If we set an example based on the current situation, we see how governments in countries with resources can ignore the pandemic, thus affecting the rest of the world. If one country ignores the pandemic, the virus will mutate in that paradise, and that mutation will affect the rest of the countries. The same will happen if a country decides to re-test nuclear, emit harmful gases... anyway, the examples may never end.

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The point is that the issue of using Artificial Intelligence to manage problems globally is something that has already been addressed in the world of cinema. Intelligence that concludes that the best thing for the planet is for human beings to disappear, for example, something that could be a reality if such artificial intelligence has any serious problems in its programming.

Because a program is a program, there are human programmers behind (for now), and to create a system capable of making global decisions we would have to establish some fundamental variables, such as maximizing the survival of our race and that of other animals, since that variable would be enough to create solutions that do not end the environment (without environment there is no life, and decisions must respect life above all else). It is not possible to fall into Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse with current technology.

What can't be done

Artificial intelligence serves to frame a problem and design a solution, machines do not learn, some human scientists and engineers say all the time what they should do, have no personal motivations or strategic learning plans like humans, all they can do is perform impressive statistical calculations and advise based on that data.

It has often been said that today's AI systems are wise idiots. We are a long way from imagining an AI on a human level, so if we want to solve the problems of the world we will have to sit at the same table and negotiate for everyone to win, something that we are not very good at, by the way.

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What could be done

What Artificial Intelligence could do is analyze the resources of each region of the planet and establish a sustainable strategy for intelligent distribution of them. I am not talking about communism, I am talking about strategy, of finding business models adapted to every region of the planet, to every culture, to every way of working, so that there is a tsunami of efforts aimed at achieving a common goal.

An AI might say: «to reduce the temperature of the planet to a degree in the next 10 years country A should stop mining copper and planting maize, which would export to country B in exchange for a 10% reduction in meat that would send to country C... » something that escapes us, something that a human could not know because he does not have to analyze all that data.

Of course, to get to that point, it would be necessary for all countries to feed often confidential information to a single system, and that is something that only happens in science fiction books.

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