A new political party in Denmark whose policies are entirely derived from artificial intelligence (AI) hopes to run in the country’s next general election in June 2023.
Launched at the end of May by the artist collective Computer Lars, the Synthetic Party wants to reach out to the approximately 15% of Danes who did not exercise their right to vote in the previous election in 2019.
The party believes that they did not vote because none of the traditional parties appealed to them.
Analyzing all the written publications of Denmark’s fringe parties since 1970, AI of the Synthetic Party has devised a program which it says represents “the political views of the common man”, one of the members told AFP. of the collective, Asker Bryld Staunaes.
The party “starts in an analysis of optimizing the voting system in Denmark”, he said.
It is also an ironic response to the hundreds of small parties created over the years, some based more on mockery or criticism of society than on actual political politics.
Denmark currently has 230 such micro-parties, including the synthetic party.
“It’s a way of imitating and simulating the political process all the way through, but in a direct confrontation of the legislative apparatus and political enforcement and organizing rights,” Bryld Staunaes said.
Among the party’s proposals is the introduction of a universal basic income of 100,000 crowns ($13,700) a month, more than double the average Danish wage.
The party also supports adding an 18th UN Sustainable Development Goal that would allow “humans and algorithms to coexist more directly than they do now,” Bryld Staunaes said.
It remains to be seen whether the party has enough support to stand in the 2023 vote – it needs 20,182 signatures to do so and currently has just four, according to official election data.
But if he manages to win a seat in parliament, he plans to use his mandate to tie AI to the work done by assembly members.
“The idea…is to take this huge political and economic force (algorithms)…to try to fit it into the mainstream political system,” Bryld Staunaes said.
Currently, “we have no way to really address humans and AI in a democratic framework,” he added.
People can interact directly with the party AI on the Discord messaging platform via chatbots.
The party plans to hold its first campaign rally “for a human audience” in September.
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