Romania Harnesses AI to Transform Citizen Data into Policy Recommendations
• Romania has used AI-powered robot Ion to source community concerns and turn the collected data into policy recommendations.
• Ion collects data through automatic scans of social media, a particular hashtag and messages from the public through an online platform.
• This technology is intended to enhance the government’s understanding of public concerns and strengthen democracy.
Romania Harnesses AI for Data-Driven Policy Recommendations
Officials in Romania have created and employed an AI-powered robot named Ion to source community concerns and turn the collected data into policy recommendations. The goal of this initiative is to strengthen democracy by giving citizens a greater say in decision making processes.
How Does Ion Work?
Ion obtains data through automatic scans of social media, a particular hashtag, as well as messages from the public that are sent through an online platform set up for this purpose. The collected data is then transformed into reports for government officials to review.
The Benefits of Using AI
Sabin Dima, CEO of Humans.ai which developed Ion, believes that by allowing officials to have “conversations with the data” decision making can be improved so it better serves citizens’ needs. He asserts that using AI enables us to engage citizens more effectively while helping government representatives model policy scenarios accordingly.
Aiming To Strengthen Democracy
Romanian Innovation Minister Sebastian Burduja commented on this development saying: “It’s the first attempt, the first experiment, in using AI to connect average citizens to their decision-makers. I think it has great potential to strengthen democracy and consolidate the legitimacy of governments.“ Burduja also expressed his hope that eventually this technology will be able to propose policy recommendations based on what it gathers from members of society.
Overall, Romania’s use of Artificial Intelligence for collecting public opinion looks promising; aiming at empowering citizens voices while enabling officials with more accurate insights into policies decisions making process .