The Future Of Voting Could Be A Dystopian Nightmare

Enjoy the craziness of election season while you can: In the future, computers could become so adept at molding your behavior that you won’t really choose who you vote for anymore. At least, that’s what one robotics expert at Carnegie Mellon University fears. Professor Illah Nourbakhsh recently appeared on a panel called “Life in 2025” during a conference at MIT. He expressed concern that today’s germs of artificial intelligence technology could evolve into a full-blown disease that infects our political system.  Nourbakhsh envisioned a future where politicians control voters based on their data — the information they create when posting online, using a smartphone and so on. And he said this scenario might be little more than two election cycles away. “What does it mean when the winner of the political system has…


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