On Mon, 13 Nov 2000 13:23:17 +1000, Gerry Myerson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>In article <email@example.com>, "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, .... > >Gerry Myerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) I seem to recall it being Isaac Asimov.