Robots To Run For Election In Japan

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We’ve heard of robots and artificial intelligence taking human jobs but we’ve never had them running for elective office. But in Tokyo, Japan, all that is about to change.

One mayoral candidate from the city intends to maximise the use of artificial intelligence in running municipal affairs and that is why he is operating his campaign as ‘AI Mayor’.

According to odditycentral.com, he’s proposing replacing human public officials with AI and having them collect city data and create fair and balanced policies that will benefit everyone.

“For the first time in the world, AI will run in an election,” Michihito Matsuda announced on Twitter. “Artificial Intelligence will change Tama City. With the birth of an AI-Mayor, we will conduct impartial and balanced politics. We will implement policies for the future with speed, accumulate information and know-how, and lead the next generation.”

Matsuda, 44, also ran for mayor of Tama City in 2014 but lost by a large margin. This time around, he merely aims to act as an avatar for the AI he is convinced can make better decisions than any human can ever hope to.

The AI-Mayor has been campaigning very much like its human competitors.

Posters showing a futuristic android and campaign messages have been plastered all over Tama City and campaign trucks have been blaring out promises of an AI utopia and asking for support.

While some people have called Matsuda’s campaign a stunt, others have declared themselves excited about the prospect of robots running things in the background, adding that it has to be a better alternative to incompetent and corrupt humans.