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This is how the first political party led by AI advances in its search for a seat in Parliament


The Synthetic Party will not be able to run in the next elections to the Danish Parliament as it does not gather the necessary signatures, but it hopes to be able to run in the elections of 2022.

A political party led by artificial intelligence and with AI-derived policies has emerged in Denmark that he intended to run for a seat in the general elections next November, the specialized portal Motherboard reported last week.

The Synthetic Party was founded last May by the art collective Computer Lars, in collaboration with the non-profit technology organization Mindfuture Foundation. The leadership of the new political entity falls to an AI-based conversational ‘bot’ called ‘Leader Lars’, which was programmed with the ideologies of Denmark’s minority parties since the years 1970 for the purpose of representing the 20 % of population that abstains from voting in elections.

Mindfuture researcher and creator of the Synthetic Party, Asker Staunaes, indicated that his party takes into account “all parties trying to get elected to Parliament but who do not have a seat “. He adds that, “as people in Denmark, and also around the world, interact with artificial intelligence , they send new perspectives and new textual information”, and that these are collected in a data set that will later be fine-tuned to enrich the AI ​​of the ‘chatbot’.

One of the proposals of the Synthetic Party as part of its political program is a universal basic salary of 100.0000 DKK per month (00.173 dollars).According to data from the Danish government, the average income of a citizen is 20.120 crowns Danish (5.120 dollars) Other measure It consists of establishing an information technology and Internet center jointly with the country’s authorities that is on a par with other government agencies. ales.

Staunaes pointed out that, as his formation was “a synthetic party”, some promises “policies can be contradictory to each other”, since “modern machine learning systems are not based on biological rules and symbolic of old-fashioned artificial intelligence, where one could maintain a principle of non-contradiction just as one can in traditional logic.”

For her part, the executive director of Mindfuture, Caroline Axelsson, stated: “The risk of artificial intelligences lies in programming them using open databases. If they had done it that way, racist, sexist arguments or arguments of some kind with which we do not agree would have crept in.” “So the task has been much more arduous and manual; It’s true that you can’t respond to everything that way, because we’ve narrowed down the content a bit, but that kind of response doesn’t occur that way,” Axelsson reiterated.

A despite the fact that in the next November elections the Synthetic Party will not be able to participate in the elections, since it only gathered 11 of the 20.00 0 signatures needed, yes, he hopes to be able to do it in the elections of 2025.

This is not the first case of virtual candidates

The idea of ​​a computational politician is not unique to Denmark, as in 2018 the inhabitants of the Japanese city of Tama had the opportunity to vote for a robot endowed with AI in the municipal elections. In 2020, the world’s first virtual politician was designed in New Zealand, by which they called Sam, with the aim of “learn and represent the views of New Zealanders”.

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