In article <gerry-289BA1.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Gerry Myerson <email@example.com> wrote:
:In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Dan Goodman" :<dog@fcbobDOTdemon.co.uk> wrote: : :> I came up with an interesting idea which I haven't really had much :> time to play with yet, the idea of "random democracy". Rather than :> choosing the president (or whatever) based on who has the most votes :> (be they electoral college or individual votes), you get everyone to :> vote, and then you randomly (uniformly) select an individual vote :> from all the votes cast and make the decision based solely on that. : :Many years ago someone wrote a short story based on a similar idea. :The premise was that some day computers would be so good at :modeling social behavior that they would be able to select the one :American who most closely models the entire electorate; then, by :asking that one elector a number of questions about his or her :opinions on various matters the computer would be able to decide :whom the country really wanted to be the next President. : :The story must go back at least 35 years, maybe even 45 - wish I :could remember the title, who wrote it, ....
Isaac Asimov! Who knew better (but it made a grand story). Instead of being known as the "Gore" administration, it became known as the "Smith" administration, where Smith was the elector.
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