Making decisions and deciding what the value of something is has always been a challenge for most people most of the time. Some times it is a case of knowing what questions to ask and getting the right information at the right time. The promise of artificial intelligence has been to improve on what our minds don’t do well and that is compare huge amounts of information in a remarkably short amount of time and present to us a limited number of good choices based on our preferences and refined over time with each choice made. Eventually our alarm clocks wake us at the right time, our schedules are tailored to our needs whether it is for exercise or meetings. We will be alerted if a new TV show is about to air, which we might like. Our digital fitness trainer will encourage, cajole, chide, even insult us to our hearts content. Pictures retrieved from the internet showing us in our least flattering light with some hope that we will take the hint and follow the exercise routine which we haven’t followed for two weeks according to the preferred sarcatic voice of our choice. Or we will be encouraged by the most pleasant voice and pictures of the outfit the computer knows we would like to fit in for the up coming season.
The more interesting thing is that the value of everything and everyone is determined by artificially intelligent assistant and keeper of all things data. With each and every choice we make our preferences known and they are collected and our intrinsic values are registered with no thought on our part. We simply live life.
If we were interested we could be involved in the formulating of values by logging into the version control system and reviewing what the latest issues were or we could research the process for establishing the value of any and all services or functions.
Unlike the socialist or communist systems where people are supposedly paid according to their needs or the capitalist system where people are unjustifiably paid more or less than they are worth because of the decision of only a few people. In a meritocracy the people with the most merit are valued the most and in this place the value is calculated by the actions of everyone and algorithms deemed most appropriate by the greatest number of people in that place and time.
You might be highly valued in the time and place you are but if you were to travel to a different place your value may go down because you skills and behaviors may be deemed worth less in the new location.