Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science


College of Education

First Advisor

Michael Promisel


In this paper, I argue that we should be hesitant and skeptical of the applications of AI technology in government due to the possibility of, and ongoing abuses of this technology by political actors. I do this by first analyzing various pieces of sci-fi media in three parts: how this media approaches crime and punishment, personhood, and human happiness. Then, I explain how these themes intersect with the above framework and how we can use the themes to guide future policy. This is followed by an analysis of what these pieces of media tell us regarding artificial intelligence and how they influence the framework, and then finally a look at how politicians and other actors are responding to this issue today.