A political party run by artificial intelligence wants to enter parliament

Asker Braild Stones, representative of the group “Lars computer”, they interact on Synthetic Party’s Discord server. James Brooks/AFP

The party was founded last May, and is entirely controlled by artificial intelligence “Leader Lars”.

Like in a science fiction novel. Last May, a group of Danish artists calledLars computerCreated the first political party entirely managed by artificial intelligence (AI). name of thingChief LarsAfter the most popular first name in Denmark, it is run by the Mindfuture Foundation. “Det Syntetiske Party‘, or the synthetic party, wants to involve citizens in collective thinking. His goal:Connecting AI and humans to understand what people really think about politics and go against mainstream political discourse‘, explains to figaro Asker Brail Stones, representative of the group of artists. The party’s first general meeting will be held in September on the occasion of the Vestegens Kulturuge Cultural Festival.

Still far from being able to enter the bloodstream of the Danish Parliament – the Danish Parliament – the Synthetic Party has only four member signatures out of the 20182 necessary. While waiting for more support, the few supporters are already mobilizing and talking directly to AI via Discord, an instant messaging program that allows you to talk to “chat bot », Conversational Agent for the program. The party wants to be revolutionary in its way of perceiving legitimacy in politics and it wants to destabilize our representation of democracy. But for expert Jean-Gabriel Janacea, professor at the Sorbonne University’s Faculty of Sciences and researcher at LIP6, this project includes “Unpleasant taste with great risks“.So a political party run by artificial intelligence, progress or danger?

“Anyone can interact”

concretely,”Chief Lars” he is “A mixture of many different opinions“Through their interactions with artificial intelligence, users express their political ideas and influence the machine. At the same time, he also collects all the political publications of fringe parties since 1970 in order to represent”All those who do not have the organizational means to run for Parliament“.thus, the entire political spectrum is taken into account and opinions are resolved.”There is a bit of randomness, but it’s the only way to fit in with what we stand for‘, he adds. For the synthetic party, thenEveryone can interact”, then everyone can be represented, especially 15.46% of those abstaining from voting in the 2019 legislative elections.

Chief LarsIt can generate text but also images. Through these operations he can respond when a question is asked. Thus, if the party wins seats in Parliament in June 2023, “Humans will represent the AI ​​on behalf of the party and participate in all decision-making processes by talking with the chatbot“, explains Asker Brild Stoneais. For example, the IA has already proposed some measures including the creation of a global income of 100,000 DKK (13,440 euros), “that cannot be proposed by a person“, he says. Another suggested reorganizing the parliament’s structure by making random appointments every month. For Jean Gabriel Janasya, “Ideas like those of Oracle will be suggestedThis is a problem.

Angles on the leader Lars‘: An AI-generated photo of the synthetic party. Dr. Asker Bridal Stones

disturbing grounds

Finally, what AI will miss most is one of the pillars of politics: “Learn how to judge between different itemsAnalyzes Jean-Gabriel Gancia. In fact, by definition, artificial intelligence does not have the ability to think and therefore “There is nothing to give advantages of his proposalsUnlike a politician, he cannot discuss or justify his measure, in short, he has no argument. In another context, her modus operandi can be useful, but only to complement the decision-making process and not replace it. To remove the idea of ​​debate would beA mockery of the parliamentary system, and this is cause for concernJean-Gabriel Gancia continues.

The limitations of the process are also related to its reliability. How can you make sure you escape from pressure groups or armed groups? “We can well imagine groups investing in chatbots to transform certain pieces of information. Even if you manage to involve a certain number of people, it can quickly become unequal“In addition, AI is very sensitive to language modifications. In short, ”explains Professor Janasya.We can have a completely different answer depending on how the question is directed“.

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