If we could now look back in time from 2050 to today’s world, it is obvious that the concept of a full national sovereignty and a nearly absolute individual freedom must shrink significantly. It is natural that we do not want to accept the limitation of our freedoms, because it is so much against the very nature of being a human. We believe we were born free and will remain free till the very last day of our life. However, if we look closely, our individual freedom and our individual rights have been subjected to the laws of the country we were born since the moment of conception (protecting the rights of the unborn). In the last 50 years, individuals in the Western world gained more freedom than ever before in the areas such as divorce laws, abortion, gay rights, freedom of information etc. However, it seems we have now reached the peak for those freedoms.
The same is true of the nations’ sovereignty. The decolonization period of the 1960s brought sovereignty to many former colonies. Today, we need to do the reverse. We need to accelerate the process, in which we will have to sacrifice more freedom and more sovereignty. We must really prepare to become the citizens of this planet rather than of any specific country. This, of course, drastically contrasts with the current wishes of billions of individuals and countries. Take Russia for example, which has just started the journey of subjugating the neighbouring countries, such as Ukraine, Moldova and to some extent, Georgia. China’s approach to Tibet and the Uyghurs Muslims falls in the same category. Even in the European Union we have very few countries, including in the Eurozone, which want to federate, because they would rightly see it as giving up a large part of their sovereignty and gaining little in return. The problem is that we, humans, have no other option but a deep reform of the democratic system, which includes limiting some of individual freedoms and the national sovereignty.
Democracy has been through severe crises before. Just think about the first half of the 20th century. Communism and Nazism have forced significant changes to the liberal democracy, like the creation of the United Nations, the Welfare State and the European Union. When analysing the needs for the reform of democracy after WWII, we took mainly a rear mirror view – looking at what went wrong, considering the old, known phenomena. These reforms were implemented without anticipating major changes in the future in political area (e.g. decolonization), or social and technological domains (which are critical right now).
New, unprecedented challenges both in the scale and scope, which Humanity is facing right now, will of course also require learning from the past mistakes. But even greater endeavour must be made to create a system of planetary governance that would be resilient to unprecedented scale and pace of changes stemming from the rapid implementation of various technological innovations and societal changes on a global scale, impacting every individual and every country. A new democracy must be built not only for reducing the risk of Global Disorder, but also for the time when we will coexist with Superintelligence. Humanity should use these three or four remaining decades to prepare as best as it can for the period of co-existence with Superintelligence. Ultimately, it will mean the hand-over of our destiny to the next species following the laws of evolution. We are entering a transition period.
In that transition period, which may not be a comfortable, we should modify democracy, or create an alternative system of governance that would best facilitate the long-term goals of Humanity. We should build in stages a new democratic system for the Human Federation (HF) and that has been covered extensively on the previous tabs of this website. The first stage should be the federalization of dozens of countries, which are already at a similar level of economic and social development. This will be a testing ground for an eventual federalization of all nations into the future Human Federation. Some countries, mainly superpowers such as Russia or China, may not be willing to participate in these initial stages at all. They may not only ignore such federalization process but might be even hostile to the very idea of creating a planetary model of democracy. Yet despite that, we will have to complete the necessary deep reforms of democracy and initiate a long period for a gradual transition of sovereign states into a single Human Federation.
The HF will have its Constitution, the Parliament and the World Government, which in the scenario presented on this website might evolve from the European Federation (EF). There are many options for the formation and the functioning of these institutions. This is of course only a kind of a visualisation. The HF Parliament will elect its Presidency (the President and two Vice Presidents) for a period of 6 years, similar as in the EF. The function of the President will be rotating on a bi-annual basis, when one of the Vice Presidents will become the President.
Unlike in the EF, the Prime Minister and two deputy Prime Ministers of the World Government will be elected for a period of 6 years by the Parliament rather than by the President. The function of the Prime Minister, similarly as that of the President, will be rotating every two years, when one of the deputy Prime Ministers will become the Prime Minister. There will be a pool of candidates for the Cabinet of 30 ministers and 200 deputy ministers, representing each of the Continents (the numbers are of course only indicative). As has been indicated earlier, it is very likely that all top representatives of the Human Federation, starting with the President, will be Transhumans having as a team, and not as an individual, full access to the control and decision centre of Superintelligence.
Each continent will be allocated a number of candidates for ministers, which will be proportional to its ratio of the world’s population. The candidates representing a Continent will be selected randomly and join the pool of candidates for ministers. The actual members of the Cabinet and deputy ministers will be selected by the Prime Minister from the pool of candidates, after the consultation with the President. The whole government will then have to be approved by the HF Parliament. The President and two Vice Presidents will be the voting members of the World Government. Both the President and the Prime Minister will report to the HF Parliament. The President will authorize (sign off) all decisions taken by the World Government. He will also represent the HF in any ‘negotiations’ with Superintelligence.
Apart from Transhumans, some purely digital Superintelligent agents will also have access to the core decision centre but only for the decisions immediately below the HF representatives, so humans will always be in the overall control over the entire Superintelligence. A purely digital Superintelligence agent in a human-like form, will be present at every sitting of the World Government, initially as an advisor. Such an arrangement will most likely run for about a decade or two from about 2050. In this quite likely the final period of human control over Superintelligence, the reformed democracy should be in its adulthood and will be indispensable in keeping the fast-changing civilization in a relative harmony. That is why it is so important that the reforms of democracy do not only respond to past failures but will also be relevant in this crucial future period when Humanity will pass the baton of the planet’s governance to a new species.