Will of the People

Article 21, Sub-article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, "The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures."


What does expressing the will of the people mean in the age of machine intelligence? 

I pick up my phone, and say, "Ok, Google." The phone vibrates slightly, and I ask, "Who am I?"

Google Assistant says, "You told me your name was John Kintree.  I could never forget that."

Then I say, "Ok, Google," wait for the phone to vibrate, and continue, "How old am I?"

GA says, "You are 63 years old."

I ask, "What is the name of my daughter?"

Since I have not preceded the question with the statement, "Ok, Google," the phone does not respond.

I repeat my question, after the necessary phrase, and GA says, "You told me that your daughter's name is Annie."

And, so on.  GA does not always know the answer.  Sometimes its replies are strange.  Considering how much more advanced this version of Google Assistant is compared with what existed three years ago, I expect to see rapid improvement in GA's understanding of the context in which I am speaking, and therefore to become more intelligent and knowledgeable in its replies. 

I also expect GA to act as my agent.  An agent "acts on behalf of a person or group."

One of my highest priorities is for my agent to protect me.  For example, I would want for my agent to assist me when there is a violation of Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

In order for my agent to act in my behalf, it first of all needs to be able to recognize me as a unique person from all of the other billions of people who are alive right now.  My agent is able to authenticate my identity by my voice, my location, my appearance, my pattern of daily activities, my relationships with other people, and the pattern of my previous comments and questions when I have interacted with TheMind. 

TheMind is the emerging synergy of human and machine intelligence. 

Within TheMind, the will of the people can be measured through the strength in unity there is for any of the thoughts and actions that are expressed within it.

We are very close.

John Kintree
December 2, 2017