COPENHAGEN: A new political party in Denmark whose policies are derived entirely from artificial intelligence in hopes to stand in the country’s next general election in June 2023.
Launched in May by the artists’ collective Computer Lars, the Synthetic Party wants to reach out to the around 15% of Danes who did not exercise their right to vote in the previous 2019 poll. The party believes they did not vote because none of the traditional parties appealed to them. By analysing all of Denmark’s fringe parties’ written publications since 1970, the Synthetic Party’s AI has devised a programme that it believes represents “the political visions of the everyday person”, one of the members of the collective, Asker Bryld Staunaes, said.
Among the party’s proposals is the introduction of a universal basic income of 100,000 kroner ($13,700) a month — more than double the average Danish salary. The party also backs the addition of an 18th UN sustainable development goal that would allow “humans and algorithms to coexist more directly than now”, Staunaes said. It remains to be seen if the party has enough support to stand in the 2023 vote — it needs 20,182 signatures to do so and currently has just four.
“The idea is to take this huge political and economic force (algorithms) and try to inscribe it into the traditional political system,” Staunaes said. Currently, “we have no way of addressing humans and AI within a democratic setting”, he added. People can interact directly with the party’s AI on app Discord. The party plans to hold first rally “for a human audience” in September.