Countries around the world are beginning to grapple with the pervasiveness of artificial intelligence (AI). While some look to the emerging technology with concern, others, like Romania, embrace it.
According to a report from the Financial Times, Romanian officials have introduced an AI-powered robot named Ion, intending to enhance the government’s understanding of public concerns.
Sebastian Burduja, Romania’s innovation minister, commented on the development saying:
“It’s the first attempt, the first experiment, in using AI to connect average citizens to their decision-makers. I think it has great potential to strengthen democracy and consolidate the legitimacy of governments.”
The bot obtains data through automatic scans of social media, a particular hashtag and messages from the public through an online platform set up for this specific purpose. The data is then transformed into reports for government officials.
Burduja said “the dream” would be for the AI to propose policy recommendations based on the data it receives from the public.
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