Perhaps one day in the distant future, when the human mind is successfully emulated on a computer, we will find a way to extend the desirable and virtuous aspects of the human mind in such a way that it becomes a super intelligent, superior, benevolent being who is put in charge of what would normally be the affairs of the state. This totalitarian benevolent all knowing dictator could rule either a horrifying, real time surveillance monitored 24/7 by the AI dictator, or perhaps act merely as an advisor of human affairs, even guiding humanity into a new age of reason and justice. It’s a scary thought with frightening implications. The thought came about while reading Republic by Plato. His idea of a ‘Philosopher king’ made me wonder about the possibility of combining his ideas with AI technology. Then again if we ever do really create AI’s we’ll have a different problem entirely.