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Government and industry will continue to assign more and more responsibility for decision
making to intelligent machines. Today’s machines handle trillions of bits of information per
second, far more than is manageable by any number of industrial or political decision-makers.
They can also assemble and assign constantly updated information.
The other side of this trend is that so many people will be replaced; we will no longer have the
purchasing power needed to sustain a monetary-based system that burdens the entire
population and government with insurmountable debt.
As the old monetary system begins to displace more and more people by its reliance on
automation, these people will cease to respect the authority of industry. The time-honored
pattern of living in all industrial countries, the balancing of work and family interest, would
become impossible to maintain for the majority of people displaced by automation.
As artificial intelligence develops, machines will be assigned the tasks of complex decisionmaking
in industrial, military and governmental affairs. This would not imply a take-over by
machines. Instead, it would be a gradual transfer of decision-making processes to machine
intelligence as the next phase of social evolution.
Many people believe that government leaders bring about change with a deep concern for the
well-being of their citizenry. Nothing could be further from the truth, nor did past shifts in
society come about as the results of changes in the schools or the home. All established
government systems tend to preserve and uphold their own interests and power-base.
The real forces responsible for change have more to do with unforeseen, external events or
biosocial pressures that physically alter our environment and established social arrangements:
for example, the infusion of machines and processes that replace people and remove their
means of making a living, adverse natural conditions of drought, flood, storm, and earthquake,
manmade disasters of economic oscillations, or some outside threat of hostile nations.