The technocrats who would rule the world may not understand that they do not understand.
What you don't understand you cannot control.
They would control the world through their AI algorithms - but could the AI understand the manufacture of something as simple as a pencil?
Could it really track its "carbon footprint" (or whatever other notional key performance indicator(s) they may from time to time dream up)?
Well, perhaps for a pencil it could be done? After all, it's simply a question of breaking the problem down into its constituent parts, tracking each individually, and then apportioning some part of the cost of each constituent to the resulting pencil. Yes, this would be a multi-levelled process but in principle...
But what about the accuracy of the necessary assumptions underlying each individual part? For instance, the costs of the pencil factory. What...