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New AI driven political party eyes running for the Danish parliment in 2023


To stand in the 2023 election, the party needs 20,182 signatures but currently has just four (Picture: AFP)

A new political party in Denmark whose policies are derived entirely from artificial intelligence (AI) hopes to stand in the country’s next general election in June 2023.

Launched in late May by the artists’ collective Computer Lars, the Synthetic Party wants to reach out to the around 15 percent of Danes who did not exercise their right to vote in the previous election in 2019.

The party believes they did not vote because none of the traditional parties appealed to them. 

By analysing all of Denmark’s fringe parties’ written publications since 1970, the Synthetic Party’s AI has devised a programme that it believes represents ‘the political visions of the everyday person’.

One of the members of the collective, Asker Bryld Staunaes, told AFP that the party ‘takes its departure in an analysis of optimising the voting system in Denmark’.

Denmark currently has 230 micro-parties that are based more on mocking or criticising society than actual political policy.

A computer screen with a close-up on the Synthetic Partys AI-driven chatbot in Aarhus, Denmark (Picture: AFP)

‘It’s a way to mimic and simulate the political process throughout but in a direct confrontation of the apparatus of lawmaking and political enforcement and organisation rights’, said Bryld Staunaes.

The Synthetic Party’s proposal includes the introduction of a universal basic income of 100,000 kroner a month which is more than double the average Danish salary.

The party also backs the addition of an 18th UN sustainable development goal that would allow ‘humans and algorithms to coexist more directly than now’, Bryld Staunaes said.

To stand in the 2023 election, the party needs 20,182 signatures but currently has just four, according to official election data.

While the chances of the AI making it to parliment are slim, if it does manage to win a seat, it plans to use its mandate to link AI and humans within a democratic setting

People would be able to interact directly with the party’s AI on the messaging platform Discord via chatbots.

The party plans to hold its first election rally ‘for a human audience’ in September.


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