“The Raja-rishi learns continuously and cultivates his thoughts, he avoids false and flattering advisors and instead associates with the true and accomplished elders, he is genuinely promoting the security and welfare of his people, he enriches and empowers his people, he practices ahimsa, he lives a simple life and avoids harmful people or activities. A just king gains the loyalty of his people not because he is king, but because he is just.“
Why the world needs a Raja
A figure at the other extreme from the Trump’s and the Modi’s in the world right now. But for obvious reasons we cannot find one amongst our politicians. So why not look elsewhere for a suitable candidate?
Technology hasn’t advanced well enough for us to create our own Frankenstein’s monster, but a close alternative does exist. We are at the forefront of creating intelligent systems that can learn and make sound decisions. A value fit for a just king.
It is this which formed the core idea of this project, which is to use Artificial Intelligence to head a government, thus obtaining a holistic and republic nation. I call this system:
The AGHORA – The Artificially Intelligent Government for a Holistic and Republic Administration.
Fig: Anti-Modi protests in London, 2018.
Fig: Aghoris are members of a section of Hindus who believe in moksha.
Fig: An Agora in ancient Greece was a public meeting place for discussion regarding governance, hence a precursor to democracy.
Digging into my personal interest in politics, technology, history and India, I wished to present to the audience a possible way to mitigate the issues we face at present – corrupt politicians, crumbling sovereignty, weak democracy and helpless citizens.
AGHORA exists not as a solution to a grave problem, but through this project I aim to utilise the most valuable technologies at present – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – to come up with a way to instigate discourse regarding their possible applications in the future.
By utilising philosophies and teachings from the times when India was the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world, and incorporating them in present day technologies, the project explored and united what seemed alien, to form a piece of art that at the same time explored future technologies, while seeking guidance from the centuries past to fix issues of the present.
Fig: Some of the companies working on redesigning politics using new technologies.
Fig: Books that I referred to help me with the research on ancient Indian Philosophies & Present day governments.