Denmark’s new synthetic party has produced a conversational AI to serve as the party’s nominal leader and run for parliament in elections scheduled for next June. The Synthetic Party was founded by art collective Computer Lars, and the campaign is more of a stunt than a strong contender. AI’s personality and political platform are built on the proposals of hundreds of small Danish parties dating back 50 years.
Computer Lars announced the formation of the Synthesis party in May as a way to leverage a political campaign and AI party leader to bring attention to overlooked topics and political ideas. Specifically, the Al interviewed many people who did not vote in the last election in 2019, around 15% of Denmark’s total population. The conclusion reached by the researchers is that none of the independent voters feel sufficiently represented by those of the major parties. To reach this disillusioned segment of the population, the party’s AI has processed and collected theories and political positions from the Danish jokes and single issue events of 1970. The actual political agenda of the party is a mixture of wild optimism and deep cynicism. For example, the Synthetic Party wants to bring back Universal Basic Income, which might be popular but wants it to pay nearly $147,000 a month, more than double the average Danish wage. Other ideas include updating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to encourage “humans and algorithms to coexist more directly than they do today.” That said, the Synthetic Party is due to reach 20,182 signatures but currently only has four, so it is unlikely to deliver many government speeches any time soon.