How artificial intelligence will change the future of government

There is no reason to think that governments as organisations are any less vulnerable to the disruptive effects of automation than other kinds of organisations. As process delivery organisations, they are not fundamentally different from other process delivery organisations, and are certainly not immune to the pressures which are reshaping them (though they may be slower to respond to changing expectations). How far, though, might AI take over the policy development functions of government? More than you might think, is the argument here, asserting that governments have a moral obligation to make the best use of AI.

Danny Buerkli – Centre for Public Impact

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  1. In one sense policy – and indeed many other aspects of government activity, is about understanding and analysing a problem, identifying workable solution, and managing the complex networks and relationships needed to bring these to operational life (with parliamentarians as the most significant relationship). So there is no reason why some of the problem analysis and solution development shouldn’t be amenable to robotics and automation where knowledge and data repositories exist. It would, however, be interesting to explore whether the greater involvement of AI alters the balance within the relationship management aspects of policy. Society often perceives ‘science’ as more categoric, neutral and deterministic. Does this then change the tendency of humans to contest, question and interrogate – and is this a good or a bad thing?

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