Would you vote for The Artificial Intelligence Party?

By Nikola Jachanova

Election is just around the corner in Denmark, and big data plays an increasingly important role in the political electoral battles. Maybe even to a degree where politicians have become obsolete.

Imagine a future where we would be able to elect a party led by artificial intelligence. In a way, you could argue that an artificial intelligence could be “the perfect politician” as it would base all its decisions on data. Nothing more, nothing less. It wouldn’t spend an excessive amount of money on decorating its office (would it even need an office?) and it wouldn’t post a picture on Facebook with the century’s most debated cake.

But what happens when technology becomes an even more integrated and invisible part of our lives both at home, in school, at work, and in public space? Can we rely on artificial intelligence as it constantly evolves and becomes a larger and larger part of our everyday life? And perhaps most importantly, as artificial intelligence operates by given rules in the form of algorithms, who would be making those rules?

Technology is not good or bad. It is merely a means to an end.

That’s why it’s important that we as indi­viduals and a society as a whole take a stand in how we want the digital revolution to play out here in Denmark – so we can use technology to create better lives for everyone!

Are you interested in artificial intelligence, big data, and democracy? Check out these events!

During IWDK, we have many events focused on the toppic of democracy and politics in the digital age. And here are our tips!

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DIGITAL MEDIA FOR DEMOCRACY

Learn how digital media influence democracy and discuss what we as citizens can do about it.

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL CITIZEN PARTICIPATION 

Examine the possibility for digital citizen participation – focusing on how Aarhus Municipality’s new digital platform can be expanded for debates, citizen meetings and participant budgets.

DENMARK’S DIGITAL POLICY 

Join this event to give your input on how the government should lead us into our digital future.

IF…THEN’: ALGORITHMIC POWER AND POLITICS 

Taina Bucher, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, reflects on algorithms, politics and power, based on her recent book. She argues that the power and politics of algorithms reside not so much in what algorithms do or what they are technically as in when they come to matter, what actors deploy them, and for what ends.

DIGITAL CHANGE // CHANGE DIGITAL

Dive into the privacy battle between “the tin foil hats and the radical ignorants”. You will also get a reality check with the newest research, privacy advocates and dystopian prophets.