Man and machines
While I accept the main thrust of this argument, I believe that we are gazing down the wrong end of the telescope.
It is arguable that machines will get or develop the initiative to start the governing process going, although here set Chasm Management we have developed apps that fire up on machine start and "discover" their role in a network and register themselves accordingly.
My major concern is the nibbling away that is being done on the intimate man/machine boundary closer to home.
We now have a digital music system that is comparable, and often beats, it's analogue competitor. Similarly with photographs and movies. It is then relatively easy to modify or create from scratch, these digital files and then present them to the human who cannot detect them from objects captured from real life. Google glass allows us to interrupt the channel between objects and their reception or analysis in the human brain.
We could, could, end up simply being carbon-based analogue processors of whatever "facts" the machine wishes us to.
Now, of course, if you link this scenario with the one expressed above, where those wishes are decided by arbitrary sets of rules or constraints we have imposed on the decision makers then I can go all the way to support the main thrust of the article.
Ask not for whom the bit flips.