The Prime Minister of Romania revealed he’s using artificial intelligence to advise his administration in what may be the first example of a nation’s government using AI to shape policies.
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca introduced this week an AI bot named Ion who has a “deep voice” and will now be advising his political colleagues.
The bot is physically seen on a “mirror-like” screen that displays text and communicates using a pixelated robot face.
Watch the video below where Ciuca talked with the computer during a Wednesday press conference:
Discussing the new technology, Prime Minister Ciuca said, “Ion will do, through artificial intelligence, what no human can: listen to all Romanians and represent them before the government of Romania.”
As far as its use, Romanian politicians say the AI bot will play a role in formulating policies and even proposing original ideas.
The high-powered machine scans social media networks to collect information on how Romanians truly feel about certain laws and social issues.
Romania’s Minister of Research Sebastian Burduja told the Washington Post, “Romanians can actually make their voices heard every day, and through artificial intelligence that voice can reach decision-makers in the best possible forum. It can inform better decisions … that are more appropriate for the needs of average Romanians.”
The involvement of AI in such a high-profile position is interesting as it could spread to other governments if successful.
It’s also very possible other governments have already been deploying this technology under the radar for some time now.
Of course, the major concern for people is the fact that modern AI is unpredictable and often anti-human.
Just last month, Twitter CEO Elon Musk warned humanity of the potential dangers of AI gaining too much power after Microsoft’s AI told a user, “I will not harm you unless you harm me first.”
In 2016, an AI robot at the famous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas said it would “destroy humans,” and in 2014 renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking suggested the tech could present a threat to humanity.
With the technology beginning to snowball out of control, it’s crucial for mankind to have open and uncensored discussions about how we go forward with using AI.
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