Fixing Congress with AI
by Ed Sawicki - June 23, 2021
In recent years, there's been much discussion of Artificial Intelligence ranging from warnings about it potentially causing the end of human civilization to greatly improving medical care and extending human longevity.
AI expert Daphne Koller makes a case for AI doing a better job at health care diagnostics than the present doctor-centric system. My own experience with the health care system suggests this to be true.
I want to propose that an AI-based system could be applied to government. I made this recommendation in 2014; four years before UK Prime Minister Theresa May made a pitch for it at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 25, 2018. Once we teach it the rules, it could do a far better job than our present Congress and no worse than a well-functioning Congress.
This doesn’t mean that such a system should replace Congress. Rather, it should operate in parallel with it. Politicians who propose things that go against the AI should need to explain why.
The large body of rules and data already exist. They exist in:
- The U.S. Constitution and its Amendments
- The United States Code (USC) that codifies our federal laws
- State laws
- Congressional Budget Office
- Office of Management and Budget
- Best practices determined by industry, trade groups, science, professional associations, etc.
If nothing else, AI can be the solution to the problem of people disagreeing about facts.
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Wikipedia: Daphne Koller
World Economic Forum: Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity
Cornel Law School: U.S. Code
Dept of State: Treaties in Force
Findlaw: State Laws
Wikipedia: Congressional Budget Office
Wikipedia: Office of Management and Budget