A Machine Learning-enabled US Constitution

If the US Constitution were enabled via Machine Learning that governed with an augmented Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidency. Then we refer to programming as policies. The government operates like Robocop. Policies, both robotic and human laws, are both abstract and practical. Requiring little interpretation, and amendable given evolving socio-cultural mores.

In times of everyday and crisis, the Constitution snaps into action as a Transformer. With impressive girth and heft, chunks of its bursting, clanking Might glide and click into place. Mechanics then grind to produce dazzling displays of fixes performed in sequence with few iterations. As it gears down, cools off, lets off its resting steam, humans approach to wonder at solutions wrought, to file the edges, polish surfaces, and take bits home to insert into myriad common lives.

Transformer in full regalia.

And the fields sprout daisies, children leap and dance in circles, adults find fulfillment and, yea, joy — all is well in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

This is how militaries rescue fragile democracies. Go in, do what the military does, local civilians dust themselves off, bury their dead, nurse their disabled, and adjust to some new reality. Why not go all in, all the time.

It’s a masculine vision. Instant problem-solving with no sloppy debate. Sure immediate outcome, long term consequences dismissed as irrelevant. Police do not debate policy.