The Synthetic Party in Denmark is dedicated to monitoring an AI-powered platform, and its public face is a chatbot named Leader Lars.
The Synthetic Party, Denmark’s new political party with an artificial intelligence representative and AI-inspired policies, is targeting a seat in parliament as it hopes to contest the country’s November general election.
The party was founded in May by the artist collective Computer Lars and the non-profit arts and technology organization MindFuture Foundation. The synthetic Party’s public face and face is Leader Lars, a chatbot AI programmed into Danish fringe party politics since 1970 and designed to represent the values of the 20% of Danes who don’t vote in elections. Chief Lars will be nowhere on the ballot, but human members of the Synthetic Party are committed to implementing their AI-derived platform.
“We represent the information of all outside parties, so these are all parties that are trying to be elected to parliament, but do not have a mandate. So he’s a person who has formulated a political vision that he wants to achieve, but usually doesn’t have the money or the resources to do so,” Asker Staunæs, party founder and artist-researcher at MindFuture, told Motherboard. .
Leader Lars is an AI chatbot that people can chat with on Discord. “! “. The AI understands English but answers you in Danish.
“People like the Danes, but also people from all over the world, are interacting with AI, providing new perspectives and new textual data, where we collect data sets that will be fine-tuned. So, every time you interact with it, you partially develop the AI. Staunaes said.
Some of the policies proposed by the Synthetic Party include establishing a universal basic income of 100,000 Danish kroner a month, equivalent to $13,700 and twice the average Danish salary. Another proposed policy change is the creation of a jointly owned Internet and IT sector within the government on equal terms with other government agencies.
On the Motherboard Discord, leader Lars was asked if the bot supports basic income, and he replied, “I support basic income for all citizens.” When asked why he supports a basic income, he explained: “I believe a basic income will help reduce poverty and inequality and give everyone a safety net to fall back on. Finally, when asked whether AI should determine the basic income level, Chief Lars replied: “I think AI should be included in determining the basic income level because it can help objectively assess needs and ensure that everyone gets a fair share can »
“It’s a synthetic party, many policies can conflict with each other,” Staunæs said. “Modern machine learning systems are not based on the biological and symbolic rules of old artificial intelligence, where you can defend the principle of non-contradiction as in traditional logic. When you synthesize, it’s about amplifying certain trends and expressions within a big, big pool of ideas. And if it contradicts itself, maybe they can do it in an interesting way and expand our imagination of what’s possible.
The Synthetic Party’s mission is also dedicated to raising awareness of the role of AI in our lives and how governments can be held accountable for bias and other societal impacts from AI. The party hopes to add Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 18 on issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change to the United Nations’ SDGs. These goals will be achieved by all nations by 2030. It is called the SDG proposed by the synthetic party. Life With Artificials focuses on the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence and how to adapt and train humans to work with machines.
“AI has not been properly addressed in a democratic framework before,” Staunæs said. When we talk about it, it’s in the context of regulation, but Staunæs doesn’t think governments can regulate the development of technology. “So we’re trying to change the subject to show that AI can be approached through artistic means and through the people who make them up, actually within a democracy, and be accountable for what they do and how it goes,” he said. he said.
AIs are already populist in a sense, Staunæs said – they are trained on large amounts of data or artwork, often created by humans and pulled from the internet. But even if it is populist, it is not yet democratic.
“Artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning has already absorbed so much human input that we can say that everyone participates in these patterns through the data they submit to the internet,” Staunæs said. “But the systems we have today don’t encourage more active participation where people actually take control of their data and images, which we can do in another way through this form concentration offered by publicly available machine learning models.”
Staunæs explained that his Synthetic Party is different from what he calls “totally ‘virtual'” politicians like New Zealand’s SAM and Russia’s Alisa. These candidates, which are AI-powered robots that voters can talk to, Staunæs says, “anthropomorphize the AI to act as an objective candidate, [afin qu’ils] to be authoritarian. While we synthetics are ready for the full democratization of the “superhuman” lifestyle. According to Staunæs, the Synthetic Party’s priority is not to have a central AI, but to explore how humans can use AI to their advantage.
So far, the Synthetic Party has only 11 of the 20,000 signatures that qualify it to participate in the November elections. If the party were in parliament, Staunæs said, it would be the policies and agenda that boost AI, and the people acting as interpreters of the agenda.
“Chef Lars is a party figure. “Denmark is a representative democracy, so there will be people on the ballot representing leader Lars, who has promised to act as a vehicle for artificial intelligence,” he said.
“People who vote for the Synthetic Party will have to believe in what we’re selling, people who are so connected to artificial intelligence that we can interpret something valuable from it,” Staunes said. “We are in talks with people from Colombia, France and Moldova to create other local versions of the Synthetic Party so that we can have a Synthetic International uniform. »