That’s a provocative question, to put it mildly, posed in a survey by researchers at the IE Center for the Governance of Change. The idea was to find out whether or not European citizens would be in favor of replacing members of their parliaments with artificial intelligence systems.
2769 people from different demographic categories have therefore commented on this topic. The result is clear, as 51% of respondents are in favor of reducing the number of national parliamentarians and replacing them with an algorithm. In detail, it is young people between the ages of 25 and 34 who support this idea the most: 60%. Closely followed by the 35 to 44 year olds with 56%.
Entrusting the fate of a country to an algorithm is a very bad idea
This view is valued by 66% of Spaniards and 59% of Italians. On the other hand, 69% of British and 54% of Germans prefer to keep their elected people. Outside of Europe, this project would excite the Chinese, who confirm it with 75%, but don’t appeal to the Americans: 60% are against.
Of course, this study should be carried out with a lot of tweezers and is largely based on the specifics of national politics. Using AI in politics would clearly not be a good idea. As our colleagues at TheNextWeb rightly explain, an algorithm would be filled with the prejudices of those who designed it, and in particular the government that sets it up.
So it would have nothing neutral or enlightened, but would be based on completely human and questionable criteria. Also, the AI couldn’t explain its decisions. This would therefore call into question one of the foundations of representative democracy in which elected officials are theoretically held accountable.
Note that in the end, this survey isn’t very surprising as people trust artificial intelligence more and more. To take just one example, we came back to this study by Oracle last March, according to which savers trust an algorithm more than their advisor to manage their investments.