Human to Robots: From Behavioral Research to Undermining Democracy

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Visualization of an AI in the shape of a human brain (Image Credit: Labmanager)

Researching human behavior is quite a complex and costly process. Researchers often require human subjects to participate in experiments, which can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, especially when it comes to recruiting participants. However, recent advancements in artificial intelligence have led some researchers to consider simulations of human interactions and behavior as a faster alternative to human subjects. While this idea has potential benefits, it also comes with both positive and negative consequences.

Using AI robots in research has several advantages, such as greater control over experimental conditions, creating more accurate results, and being cost-effective since human subjects often require compensation and expenses such as food, travel, and accommodation. However, AI cannot fully replicate human behavior and emotions, which sets humans apart from artificial intelligence. Humans can express numerous emotions and respond to situations in unique ways that AI cannot replicate. AI robots can only simulate emotions, making them unable to respond to unexpected situations realistically and putting them at a disadvantage.
While AI models offer new possibilities and perspectives in research, we must also consider pragmatic concerns about the quality and accessibility of this powerful system. Over-reliance on and viewing AI as a tool may lead to viewing humans as tools, resulting in less respect for them. If AI begins replacing humans in experiments, they will soon be taking away the jobs of politicians and world leaders due to the promising “low cost” and high productivity that they create. Hendrycks, a learning machine researcher, states,

“For instance, a company in China has already appointed an AI as its CEO. This is not to say whether this is a good idea or not, but that people are willing, so long as the AI can perform well enough.”

Rather than rushing to regulate AI technology, many believe it would be efficient to have robots as part of the government due to their unbiased decision-making. Others argue that emotions are what “drives politics” and make voters during elections lean towards human flaws. Replacing humans with AI can transform the next political campaigns to effectively target voters and reach a larger audience. Not only is data reached faster but this technology can adapt to every human’s political interest and can benefit politicians. This can increase the number of tools available to them and maximize the effectiveness of their campaign.

The first use of this technology in campaigns was seen in April. As President Biden prepares for his re-election campaign, he used a video announcement with images generated by artificial intelligence to convey his message. Since then, other countries such as India, Germany, and Canada have jumped on this trend to revolutionize their political game. As AI continues to evolve, the idea of it transforming our future government with AI will only grow more popular.

By Margaret Djamongue

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