AI and democracy: Transformative and disruptive potential

Is AI a benefit or detriment to a vibrant democracy?

Members event, Panel
8 April 2021 — 2:00PM TO 3:00PM

Artificial intelligence (AI) is significantly shaping contemporary politics. On the one hand, AI has the potential to enhance democracy through enabling a better understanding of societal issues as well as helping to develop effective policy tools and pathways. On the other hand, if not properly understood or abused, AI could reinforce existing inequalities and biases, increase polariszation and ultimately undermine not only democratic systems but also the very preconditions in which democracy exists.

This panel discusses the transformative potential of AI and how policymakers, technology companies and civil society can work together to make sure that these advancements are for the betterment of, rather than a detriment to, democratic norms and practices. It also explores some existing and future AI applications, encouraging participants to share their views, hopes and concerns regarding AI and democracy.

  • What are the democratic processes and institutions that are the most impacted by AI applications and where are the main risks?

  • Could AI improve democratic societies and how could advancements in AI lead it to play an ever more important role in modern political systems?

  • Could AI undermine the preconditions for which democracy exists such as human agency and the ability to make autonomous decisions?

  • How can policymakers, technology companies and civil society work together to ensure that AI is used responsibly?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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