Countries around the world are beginning to grapple with the spread of artificial intelligence (AI). While some look at new technologies with dismay, others, such as Romania, embrace them.
According to a report by the Financial Times, Romanian officials unveiled an artificial intelligence robot named Ion in an effort to improve the government’s understanding of society’s problems.
Sebastian Burduja, Romanian Minister of Innovation, commented on the development, saying:
“This is the first attempt, the first experiment in using AI to connect ordinary citizens with decision makers. I think it has a lot of potential to strengthen democracy and strengthen the legitimacy of governments.”
The bot obtains data by automatically scanning social networks, a specific hashtag, and posts from the public through a special platform configured for this purpose. The data is then converted into reports for government officials.
Burduja said the “dream” for AI would be to make policy recommendations based on data it receives from the public.
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Ion was developed by a local startup called Humans.ai, which said that since its launch in March, at least one report has been generated from the data. Cointelegraph reached out to Humans.ai for further comment on the situation.
The bot is expected to receive an update this summer to allow it to provide answers and will be equipped with a Dashboard to allow officials to filter data based on various parameters.
It comes at a time when the European Union is preparing its AI Law, the union’s first set of comprehensive guidelines and rules for the development and deployment of AI. Romania is one of the 27 EU member states and is therefore subject to any rules arising from the Law.
On the other side of the world, in China, a state-sponsored artificial intelligence firm recently launched a chatbot to compete and outperform OpenAi’s ChatGPT.