The Fourth Branch of Government

by Murray A. Muspratt, Visiting Scholar, Civ. Engrg.; Univ.of California, Berkeley, Calif.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 2, Pg. 129-132

Document Type: Journal Paper


The American constitution is discussed with reference to the agrarian society for which it was framed. Today, in our hypertechnological age, some updating seems required to include a fourth branch of government, viz., a technological branch. An anology is drawn between the first and second revolutions of automation and cybernation, respectively; and the social, economic, and political stresses that arose partly because of constitutional inadequacies and the failure to recognize the massive technical impacts occurring. The authority, composition, and operation procedures of the technological branch are outlined, together with the method of interface with the existing three branches of government.

Subject Headings: Government | Frames | Automation | Social factors | Economic factors | Political factors | Existing buildings

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