Imagine a government that uses AI-driven technology to ensure its policies are as effective, efficient and transparent as possible. This would be great for all of us! But how do we get to this point? What does the future look like for AI-governance? And how can we ensure that it's done in the best interests of everyone?
Benefits of AI-Technology
If you have ever wondered what our daily lives will look like when the government is run by AI technology, this article is for you.
AI-driven government promises a more efficient and effective administration with less human error and bias. In addition to processing and analyzing large amounts of data faster than humans, AI systems can also make better decisions without fatigue or emotion. Moreover, since machines do not have emotions or political agendas, they won't be influenced by lobbyists or self-interest groups like politicians – making them ideal leaders for any organization that needs objective decision-making skills to succeed (and survive).
Who gets to control the algorithm?
AI is not a black box, but it is also not transparent. The government needs to be able to explain and justify its decisions, even if that means exposing some things AI can't do well. But seriously, who gets to decide what data is used and how it is used? Who gets to decide what the AI does? Who gets to decide what the AI learns? Who gets to decide what the AI does not learn?
These questions may seem trivial in an era where we have become accustomed to trusting our devices with all kinds of personal information about us; however, this complacency obscures important distinctions between government and private-sector use of AI. For example, when Facebook uses algorithms for advertising, you can generally expect that your data will be used toward specific commercial ends. Still, if Facebook were developing a policy making algorithm for use by state agencies or local municipalities, our concerns would need more thorough investigation than they currently enjoy.
The danger here is obvious: If too much power over public decision-making were concentrated in private corporations whose goals are driven more by profit than civic responsibility, then those corporations could easily abuse their position by manipulating public opinion through targeted advertising campaigns aimed at vulnerable demographics.
The challenges of AI
With the possibility of AI being used in the government, it's essential to understand that AI is a tool, not a solution. It can be used for good or evil. In this section, we'll talk about why AI isn't here yet and what challenges still need to be overcome before it becomes mainstream.
AI is not a substitute for human decision-making.
While AI has been around since the 1950s and was popularized by science fiction movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, many challenges must be addressed before true artificial intelligence (AI) technology becomes mainstream. For example, computers don't always make better decisions than humans—they are only as smart as their programming allows them!
People's skills need to evolve with the technology!
As you see, AI technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives. However, it's essential to understand that for this to happen; it will be imperative for people's skillsets to evolve with the technology.
People need to learn new skills like how to trust AI. They also need to learn how to understand what it does (i.e., its capabilities) and how it thinks (i.e., its algorithms). We'll need these fundamental things as we begin using more advanced systems.
People will also need a basic understanding of computer science so they can control their data and ensure it is appropriately used by the system(s). This means being able to read code!
Governments will have to work on building trust in AI's plans.
To build trust, governments must be transparent with their plans and explain what AI can do. People need to understand how it can help everyday life and how it can also be used for destructive purposes. Governments should ensure people are aware of both sides of the coin to make more informed decisions about using AI technology daily.
Governments have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to implement AI technology successfully. But we believe it will be worth the effort. The potential for AI-driven government is vast: it can make our lives better and more efficient while respecting human rights and freedom.
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Edited by Monika Baechler
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