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Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?

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Mao portrait, surveillance cameras

People in Beijing are always under the watchful eye of Maoand myriad surveillance cameras.

Credit: Gilles Sabri

In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in "electronic democracy," in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated by a computer named Multivac.

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