Running a country with real time analytics

When the ones and zeroes of governance become intelligent.

The job of running a country has never been more complex than today, where billions of events happens between individuals, organizations and governments every day. This is everything from purchases of train tickets to sexual assaults that creates the ones and zeroes of governance.

As a sociologist I often swoop around in datasets in SPSS and try to figure out correlations between certain things and finding proof for my assumptions. But government-focused research is often 1+ years old when published and even if you find interesting results — all could be changed “today”.

There is a disconnect between politics and research because politics can’t wait on research to make decisions.

But what if we could connect our governance with real-time data of what’s really happening in the country. What if governments run by real time data from a dashboard?

All ones and zeroes is already there and in most cases also recorded and stored. But today it’s compartmentalized and sent to “Municipality HQ” in quarterly, half-year and yearly reports. Lastly the data is sent with even more delay to the government.

there’s tremendous power in data, what we couldn't do yesterday is applicable today. Now with S/4 HANA we can create massive databases with intelligence that scrubs, washes and visualize data for decisions makers. Together with hundreds of technology partners these ones and zeroes could be created and enabled easier, faster and better than ever before.

What we need to set up is:

  1. S/4 HANA & Digital boardroom + goodies
  2. Updated digital solutions for all government operations (similar data output)
  3. Millions and millions of new IoT-devices (enable smart cities)
  4. Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Just imagine having a google analytics account for a whole country. A/B-tests, assumptions and handling conversions. Because a student graduating from school is one kind of conversions.

If you think about it, realtime governance will spot small trends in a local and national level through advanced analytics before any human can do it. Let say that a certain towns school systems truancy level goes up with 34% the algorithms will understand that this will inflict the conversion of passed exams, quality of education and finally the percentage of graduate.

The system will provide the user (Head of education) with options of proven measures that worked elsewhere to lower the school truancy. With a click of a button the measure is chosen and sent out for execution.

When we are at this stage it’s time to ask “How might we automate government”. Maybe this is Skynet, but maybe it’s better than the flawed system we have today.

What country will be the first to run live?

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Written by Leon Eckervall

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