Fool me once:  AI and the balance of power

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AI governance Social Dynamics

  • First, it takes too long to create a useful law; AI technology development won’t wait.
  • Second, laws are related to a nation-state and are not binding on those outside its borders, with some wide-ranging international treaties as exceptions.  Even international treaties don’t cover the whole earth, so there are always players on the outside.
  • Third, to enforce laws, the policing agency must be able to access and understand the technology well enough to determine whether the law has been followed.  While some AI developers practice open source; others use a closed box for competitive and, perhaps, other reasons.

    Even when the code is open, effective regulation requires specialists who understand code that is uniquely and continuously enhanced.  This is not a capacity that is in place now.


Mary Ann Allison, MBA, PhD, professor emerita, uses sociology, complex systems theory, media studies, and evolutionary patterns to study social change. Her approach combines skinned knees (real business experience ranging from Citigroup VP to directing an Internet start-up and leading a consulting company) and rigorous scientific theory. Her model of Social Dynamics provides practical tools for consciously adapting to the future.


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