History, and the news proves we humans cannot effectively govern ourselves, so I have to ask the question in the title.
Leaderbot’s and Science Fiction
Science fiction has many scenarios, on what the world would be like if this were to happen, most of them negative. Such as Star Trek “The Return of the Archons", and "The Apple.” Then there is The Next Generation, and the Borg. But in a way the internet is a type of Borg collective, where everyone can give their opinion. And somewhere Google, or whomever is monitoring all that is said, and searched, to research new markets, get ideas for new TV shows, and who knows what interested corporate and government concerns.
The worst scenario is machines wanting to wipe out humanity, like the Terminator, and Battle Star Galactica. But without the reptilian drives, like sex, hunger, greed, territoriality, fear etc. or without other pain and pleasure feelings, what purpose would such machines have without us? Just don’t give this leaderbot any electronic type of amygdale and limbic system.
There was one Sci Fi movie I loved. Colossus: The Forbin Project. In this is a 1970 film, based upon the 1966 novel Colossus, by Dennis Feltham Jones, a massive American defense computer, named Colossus, becoming sentient and deciding to assume control of the world.
In a final remark addressed to Dr. Forbin concerning its world control, Colossus states that "freedom is just an illusion" and the machine predicts: "In time, you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love". Forbin replies: "Never"
Then there is 2001 a Space Odyssey, a program glitch making HAL [the onboard computer that controls most of the ships operations] overly enthusiastic over its mission. Thus decides to kill the crew, when it thinks they want to abort. [Although in 2010 it was said Hale having been forced to lie about the real purpose of the mission confused it]
The reality of artificial intelligence
Science fiction of course is just that, scientific and technological possibilities that could be, but presently are, still fiction. But within this 21st century we have made great advancements in artificial intelligence.
Jeopardy and Watson: Watson is an artificial intelligence computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM's DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM's first president, Thomas J. Watson. Watson had access to 200 million pages of structured and unstructured content consuming four terabytes of disk storage including the full text of Wikipedia, but was not connected to the Internet during the game. For each clue, Watson's three most probable responses were displayed on the television screen. Watson consistently outperformed its human opponents on the game's signaling device, but had trouble responding to a few categories, notably those having short clues containing only a few words.
Computers are getting better at diagnosing and treating patients than doctors. This could be disputed, but if you think of it all the medical knowledge there is, and continues to grow, a computer would be better keeping up with it all.
And the areas computers are or could take over, continue to grow, whether playing games, predicting weather, the stock market, and other future events. It’s very possible a computer could be president, or secretary-general of the United Nations.