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The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation

The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation

Chapter:
(p.9) Chapter One The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation
Source:
Accelerating Democracy
Author(s):
John O. McGinnis
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151021.003.0002

This chapter makes the case that because of computational advances, the world is changing fast, perhaps faster than at any other time in human history. The increasing pace of change could potentially generate social turbulence and instability. However, computational advances are also driving advances in information technology, from the growth and deepening of the Internet, to the burgeoning power of empirical methods, to the increasing capability of artificial intelligence. The key to improving governance is to bring politics within the domain of such information technology. Only a politics that exploits the latest fruits of the computational revolution can manage the disruption that this revolution is bringing to the social world.

Keywords:   computer, computational advances, governance, technological acceleration, politics

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