Below is a summary for the article : The next generation of Indian politicians could be robots by Quartz India

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What if the future president or prime minister or a chief minister in India is a robot? Would the robot be a better alternative to a corrupt, incompetent, rabble-rousing politician? Or how about an algorithm as a deputy finance minister? That way we can keep the much treasured “Human touch” alive and balance it with the power of data.

These questions are not to be taken literally but as the fourth Industrial Revolution, or second machine age, kicks in, big data, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing are going to fundamentally change the way we interact with each other by fusing the physical, biological, and digital worlds.

Even though it seems too futuristic and improbable, it’s worth considering what role big data and AI can play.

Techno-optimists give AI the status of God and techno-pessimists believe AI is Satan incarnate dressed in big data.

We need data to define public policy, shape public expectations, and enhance implementation efficiency.

India is a data-rich country but our data sets don’t interact with each other.

They are victims of sequential, bureaucratic, and clunky guidelines, largely a by-product of our colonial hangover, which act as bottlenecks for transforming data into actionable insights.

Cross-tabulating socio-economic data with demographic data could yield specific recommendations to bridge the policy-implementation chasm that has plagued every emerging country for decades.

Essentially, the quintessential argumentative Indian-both within and outside the parliament-needs to argue better, argue with data, demand with empathy, and deliver with purpose.

The last thing we want is to be caught off-guard, unprepared for this data revolution.


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