A Robot Could Be Our Next President

“It won’t be influenced by money or personal incentives or family incentives. It won’t be able to have the nepotism that we have right now in the White House. These are things that a machine wouldn’t do.” stated by Zoltan Istvan- a transhumanist and libertarian futurist- in his interview for politico.com. Zoltan Istvan believes that in a day of age of rapidly advancing A.I. technology, we should undoubtedly have a robot as president in the upcoming 2020 election, and we can have one.

 

IBM’s A.I. computer Watson could be eligible for the presidency by 2020. I.B.M stated that their A.I. is a ‘pure political machine’ that won’t let personality or personal gain get in the way of being president. Briefly, in 2016, IBM’s Watson A.I. has run for the presidency against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump under the slogan “Watson For President”. Sadly, nobody took it seriously, however, IBM is as serious as one can be. They previously stated that their robot is ready to take on the challenge of presidency it’s only missing an ’empathy’ feature. However, an empathy feature isn’t the only obstacle Watson will have to overcome when running for the presidency.

 

AAAS -American Association for the advancement of science- listed a few constitutional and moral obstacles that Watson will have to overcome for its presidency to be taken seriously. U.S.A Constitutional obstacles like Article II “being a U.S. born citizen”, a lack of a birth certificate and no single birth mother and father will have to be overcome by Watson. Then, Watson will have to overcome moral obstacles of baby-boomers and later generations that primarily run Congress. This won’t be all of Watson’s major obstacles since even Millenials have a majority negative view on extremely intelligent A.I.

 

Advocates of “Watson for President” like Cathy O’Neil – mathematician and computer scientist- dubbed A.I. human intelligence with I.D. She sees people the issue with artificial intelligence is engineers trying to successfully mimic a human conscience. Other advocates like Elon Musk and Barack Obama, believe that public scrutiny will delay Watson becoming president. The idea of a machine operating complex tactics has always been controversial. People’s fear for Skynet -a fictional robot defense algorithm popularized in Terminator- is real. The average U.S. citizen is fearful that robots will take all the jobs in the future, and they feel within the next 5 years robots will occupy 20% of the blue collar workforce. This is coincidentally about the same time Watson official campaign for the presidency will happen. Advocates main point of reasoning towards anti-A.I groups is the less amount of mistakes a robot president will make.

 

The public is unaware that Watson intelligence is already in use. Watson has performed tasks in Congress before like national defense and C.I.A work. Robots make fewer mistakes than humans; they are able to work 24/7 without ever feeling fatigued. Also, emotions and ego won’t ever come to play when Watson is president since it won’t be programmed with one. This can be felt in fast-food chains like McDonald’s and KFC autonomous robots that are replacing human workers at a rapid place: especially in the west coast. The cost per error is low in comparison to a rookie fresh-faced high-school student who isn’t passionate about the job and is in their for a paycheck. This will happen robots are cheaper and less of a hassle to deal with; large corporations love this since it keeps margins high. Also, people are finding ways to deal with a society where robots are primarily taking jobs like a seat as the president or simple fast food cooks. One proposal stated by Bill Gates “we should tax the robot that takes your job” he said in an interview with Quartz. Other advocates of Watson like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, agrees that taxing robots is the best solution.

 

IBM’s Watson will continually take jobs; it’s basic economics that we can’t do anything about even the president have to worry about it. Robots lack of any real negative human emotion like stress and depression will make an outstanding leader. Studies have shown that the best leaders are the ones with less negative emotions and the ones who think more logically. This is Watson in a nutshell. People might understandably be fearful of a robot president, however, with presidents like Donald Trump who acts 20% off emotion this sacrifice should be worth taking. There are doubts but with the development that IBM is creating by 2020, we should see our very first robot president Watson.

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