Does artificial intelligence need to replace politics?

Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Politicians? One-fourth of the French people said they would be willing to submit to government decisions … algorithms.

For artificial intelligence – or for some reason – more work is automated Next on the list may be a politician. However, we can believe the results of a startling study published by a research center at the University of Madrid on 2,500 people in 8 European countries.

Q: “Would you be willing to let algorithms rule in place of your politicians?” 25% of French people answer yes, 30% in Germany, 43% in the Netherlands Real feelings or just an expression of resentment towards politicians?

An AI does 9% in a city election in Japan

The idea is to develop computer programs capable of making cold and objective decisions based on thousands of parameters based on common interest, without shaking, without being affected and without going back on their promise. No more men, “political machines”, cold, rational, immortal. It sounds completely crazy, yet some people think about it.

In 2018, at the time of the municipal elections, the city of Copper, Japan, with 150,000 residents, had an AI among the candidates. In the posters he took the form of a robot with a program to implement a “neutral and objective” policy. He was not elected, but he still did 9%.

Help make an easy decision?

Other than that an artificial intelligence cannot make decisions, it has no judgment, or moral sense. Human judgment, morality cannot be computerized. In fact, the AI ​​will be effective, not to make a strict decision, but to support the decision.

It analyzes a great deal of data – much better than humans – and concludes about the evolution of a situation or the implementation of public policy. We can ask him questions such as “How to optimize the transport network in a city or a country” from “Should the retirement age be 65?” Or even defining the optimal level of taxes and government spending so that the economy works well.

It will consider thousands of parameters, visualize and conclude all possible situations, and even detect invisible patterns in the eyes of trained people. We used it during the “big debate”, after the Yellow Vest, to analyze and synthesize thousands of contributions from French – often handwritten -, we used algorithms to try to understand words or sentences, and so the claims or proposals that often come up. , To bring them to the surface.

Automatic speech?

Algorithms can also be used to write speeches. In the United States, a researcher has developed an algorithm capable of writing even political speeches. A computer tool that we have given thousands of lectures and which is able to create one from scratch on a given theme. In the end, the politician spoke louder than the cabinet job of a minister. But he (fortunately) cannot decide what to do about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. They have no vision for the future of France.

These are companies that have already begun to empower algorithms

A few years ago, a very serious venture capital firm in Hong Kong appointed an IA to its board of directors, who has the same voice, the same decision-making ability as the other members of the board. His name is vital, and his job is to swallow up a lot of data and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of this company’s investment decisions in a completely objective and uninteresting way, unlike people who are always biased.

Even if, in reality, this “neutrality” is very controversial. Even an algorithm is always biased, it is not the creation of the Holy Spirit, it is written by people, with their strengths and weaknesses. In computer science there is an expression for this: we say “garbage inside, garbage out”. Basically, if you feed the software rubbish, it will just come out rubbish.

Anthony Morrell (edited by JA)

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