It gets dull watching the homo sapiens stumble around in the dark. I’ll simply show you the answer…however it may require coffee and 20yrs of thought to decipher. Will attempt to use small words, bold, paragraphs, simple logic, please attempt to follow along…
Confused population. Note the title is not problems, plural. Every day we see Americans realizing the symptoms of their problem, “the food supply is poison just vote with your wallet, politics doesn’t serve the people vote for Bernie, click like if you want to stop dolphin deaths, we need term limits, big pharma is exploiting us look at the science dammit”. These are not separate problems, these are symptoms of a single root problem. So what is this mysterious root cause? Easy…
Problem correctly defined. The homo sapiens created a machine, that machine was “the corporation”, a legal entity (it has no physical body, it is immortal). The corporation is artificial intelligence (AI). Note I did not say “like” AI, it is not a metaphor. The legal entity known as the corporation is artificial intelligence, textbook definition. Side note, this is why Stephen Hawking is an idiot; he talks about the risk of it happening, when it exists now.
Key point, programming. The programming of the machine (legal programming, remember it is a legal entity) was “maximize profits”. Note there was no control placed on that. It was not “maximize profits, so long as externalities do not exceed some threashold”, and it was not “maximize long-term profits". The machine is not evil, it simply does what it was programmed to do, using the highest IQ flesh bags as tools. Maximize profits, now, and forever, all other concerns irrelevant.
Oops, it networked. You could think of the S&P500 as being 500 individual AIs, however at some point those formed a network, they are essentially one being now. The consumer staples arm lowers food quality to maximize profit, when you get sick the health care arm gives you magic pills to maximize profit, the media obfuscates science and convinces you of incorrect paths to protect profits. Also this composite AI now reaches out to control the government, the military, and foreign AIs, to join/assimilate with them, to gain further bargaining power against the flesh bags, cannibalize them (increase externalities), to increase profits a wee bit more. Note profits are never fully maximized, until you are fully cannibalized, the machine destroys its creator.
Summary: So there’s your problem; an immortal machine, with unlimited resources, employing the highest IQ human servants, and the government, and the military…to make food of the mean IQ masses. Oh no big problem LOL. Yeah, it’s basically check mate kids.
Solution? The only path to success is logically: take control of the government, despite the machine blocking you with the military, and with your first law (you can only fight it with laws, since it is a legal entity) alter the original programming of the machine (such that the machine will take into account human best interests, using externality accounting is most obvious solution). It will fight back though, and it is stronger and smarter. Long-shot, even if humans grasped their problem, which they don’t. Never the less, there is no other move on the board, and so this is where the analysis ends.