Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other lesser luminaries have warned of the existential threat posed by artificial intelligence. And I have come to agree: Mark Zuckerberg may represent humanity’s end. Without a composite analysis of its electro-mechanical interfaces and root molecular structure, it’s impossible to ascertain whether the entity presenting itself as “Mark Zuckerberg” is actually artificial or entirely alien in origin. Similar to the most advanced Disney animatronics, it is able to substantially replicate organic movements, gestures, and expressions. Though only well enough to cause creeping horror in those close enough to discern the imperfections. It’s the almostness of its mimicry that is so disconcerting. A clunky, metallic robot is an item of intrigue and amusement; one that can practically pass for human is a thing of nightmares.
And though it is beyond my biology-limited cognition, I couldn’t help but wonder about the Zuckerberg AI’s agenda while reading this piece discussing its political irritations and ambitions.
Many observers have remarked upon Zuckerberg’s recent ungainly efforts to ingratiate itself with consumer units in the North American market segment. The presumed, but ultimately alien and unknowable, motives being to seed their primitive psyches with positive associations required to trigger involuntary motor actions in a voting booth. Below are photographs of Zuckerberg evaluating human sensitivity to this modeled stimuli.
It is true that significant political resistance to a rapacious hybrid life form would exist initially. Though I am not entirely convinced Zuckerberg won’t still unravel the rather rudimentary signaling sequence necessary to convert consumption units into constituent ones. It’s not as if winning over democrats is difficult. In contrast, republicans must court a demographic to whom they are not allowed to explicitly appeal. They must secure an increasing percentage of white votes without ever acknowledging, much less advancing, white interests. Synthetic alien intellects must view this process as ludicrously irrational. As a result, the democrats present a far more polished path to power. That path now being so well lit that advanced CEO chatbots must marvel at its seeming ease: hate whites while loving mass migration, the weather, BLTs, and welfare. It’s upon the latter where I think “Mark Zuckerberg” will plant its political stake.
As has already been well catalogued, the Facebook Chief Extraterrestrial Officer is laying the foundation for an acquisition of the presidency, with a universal basic income (UBI) as its campaign centerpiece. The intention being to outflank Senator Sanders on the socialist left. While Bernie offers only free healthcare and college, Zuckerberg will offer free everything within an income. As a concept, this is the maximum bribery bid. We could call it the Gibs Singularity.
Though to capture the left’s electoral imagination, any initiative must contain certain key elements: 1) it must be available to those not qualified to receive it (I.e. illegals), 2) It must disproportionately benefit non-whites, and 3) it must be of an amount sufficient to impel broad underclass migration into the voting booth. Fortunately, a UBI addresses each of these almost natively.
Starting with the last item first, I tried to conceive of what UBI figure would be required to drive mass intrigue on the left half of the bell curve. The majority results of my unscientific twitter survey were “Free Colt 45.” Though between the numerical options of $2,000, $5,000, and $10,000+ the plurality opinion was for the latter. I tend to agree. Anything below five figures may risk eliciting more yawns than wows. And that fact poses a substantial math problem for Zuckerberg.
Because if $10,000 were granted to every
American person living in America, the price tag would be $3.259 trillion. For context, total federal tax receipts are $3.314 trillion. But we’re hardly constrained to live within our income, as evidenced by a current year budget deficit of $.69 (still trillion). But that still leaves an astronomical fiscal chasm to cross. What follows are my guesses of how the Zuckerberg AI may attempt to do so.
The first step would be to carve out fiscal space by eliminating both social security and welfare benefits. The logic being that a UBI would provide the safety net offered presently by both. This would have the benefit of fulfilling my #2 political requirement above in that $10,000/year is significantly less than the average socsec payment to old whites, and somewhat more than the current per capita welfare payments to poor browns. So liberal eyes are already smiling. Sadly, accountants’ eyes are not. Eliminating these programs saves only (only) $1.235 trillion.
More pennies must be found. Slicing the war department by a third gives you another $.209. But after that we’re to the point of requiring–as politicians prefer to blandly call them–revenue enhancements. I won’t speculate on the who or how of tax increases, but the “how much” is readily identifiable. Obama averaged around a $1.2 budget deficit. If Zuckerberg were willing to blow that out to $1.5–and I assure you it would be–then new taxes would need to make up an almost even trillion. This represents a 30% increase over today. That’s a very large and politically unpalatable number. And thus how a president would go about securing congressional passage moves beyond the reckoning of mortals, and into the realm of superior computer circuitry.
That’s why I think two things are likely to occur, based on long historical (and current) precedent. Zuckerberg will offer whatever it takes to attract votes, and then do whatever it chooses once those votes have been successfully harvested. A $10,000 UBI is almost impossible from a financial and political perspective. Thus the offer will be $20,000 during the campaign. The purpose of campaign promises being simply to acquire power. Goldman units can grapple with the numbers later. An autistic AI overlord will have far weightier issues to contemplate.
As an aide, if the tax increases required to fund a meaningful UBI were extracted from the almost uniformly leftist plutocracy, I would view the entire enterprise with calm composure. Though I’m skeptical an extra trillion would be squeezed from that cohort.