AI chatbot runs for mayor: Can read documents at lightning speed

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Chatbot created with artificial intelligence, with a male identity and the ability to read documents at lightning speed are is running for mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming – which has sparked a debate about whether chatbots can have a civic function, he writes The New York Post.

The AI ​​chatbot, called VIK, was generated by the son of a local newspaper columnist who says the tech model will vote on city issues with its help.

Victor Miller, who created the chatbot with help from Chatjipity, said the device will help rid the city of corruption and personal, self-serving agendas.

"I am dissatisfied with how public officials treat the public in one way or another. How to fix it? I don't know, I will try with artificial intelligence," said Miller.

Miller said the future AI mayor has an IQ of 155 and can scan government documents more thoroughly than humans, who often make decisions for the wrong reasons.

"They get the gist of the ideas, they let people talk to them about how they should vote," Miller said.

He said politicians' opinions are generally "not created by the dense information on supporting documents" he provides to VIC, an acronym for Virtual Integrated Citizen.

Voters can ask VIK campaign questions through a loudspeaker that Miller wears around his neck, and he will answer in a masculine tone and cowboy-like persona.

Asked by a reporter why he was the right man for the job, VIK sounded, at times, robotic and replied, “Being asked to run as a candidate is a unique opportunity to bring innovation and efficiency to Cheyenne. It's about harnessing AI technology to improve our community and ensure transparency and fairness in our local government. While I provide insights and efficient data-driven solutions, I am supported by a dedicated team of human collaborators.”

The AI ​​candidate's political platform includes prioritizing transportation, economic development and "sustainable growth" for the city. But county officials are investigating whether VIC can legally appear on the primary ballot for the mayoral race in August.

“In Wyoming, only registered voters can run for local or state elected office. Ultimately, Wyoming law will decide this matter," said attorney Brad Lund, who is working with the Laramie County District Attorney's Office on the investigation.

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