I remember reading a word once which had this meaning which starts with the letter 'a', like "agritocracy" or "autotocracy". I just can't remember the word now; it specifically means rule of a society by an artificial general intelligence. Mostly I'm creating this question for self-tracking. I already know such a word exists because I read it and looked up the meaning in the past. I just can't remember the word a few months later.

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    Aristocracy?? Jul 24 '20 at 6:16
  • No that's rule by aristocrats.
    – AjaxLeung
    Jul 24 '20 at 6:17
  • To rule a human society, a ruler must be prepared to use force. If the force is exercised by machines against people, you have a mechanical dystopia. If the force is exercised by people more loyal to a machine than to their fellow humans, you have a theocracy, which you could qualify with AI. An imagined human society that does not require the occasional use of force against its members is essentially a fantasyland. Jul 24 '20 at 8:30
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    What's the difference between an artificial intelligence and an artificial general intelligence?
    – nnnnnn
    Jul 24 '20 at 9:19
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    @Decapitated Soul Perhaps some might need a few more question marks. Jul 24 '20 at 9:31

According to Wikipedia, "automata" (the plural of automaton) is a theoretical branch of computer science that has played a major role in artificial intelligence. The word you are looking for, therefore, would be "Automatocracy". See Wikipedia link


Though the following word doesn't begin with the letter 'a', Wiktionary lists

robotocracy (uncountable)

rule by robots

The robots involved would obviously have to possess intelligence at some level; [Wikipedia] licenses this (though the very existence of the word virtually demands it) here:

Robots can be autonomous

And in this article:

Autonomous robotics is usually considered to be a subfield of artificial intelligence, robotics, and information engineering

though of course outward appearance need not be humanoid.

The term automatocracy is mentioned (with the equivalent of scare quotes) in this Wikipedia article on 'Political ideas in Science Fiction', but has a very limited circulation. Though it has been used outside the SF community; this Reddit article on politics uses the term. It is perhaps borderline acceptable, needing scare quotes outside SF at the moment.


The word I was trying to recall is algocracy. I realize this isn't so much rule by AGI, but moreso society where law is executed as code, which could include an AI program, but might also include blockchain smart-contract-based legal systems.

I know this must be the word because I was ran into this term in a transhumanist forum originally, so this adds up.

I do like people's answer automatocracy though; that seems like a much better word to describe rule by AGI specifically.

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