Max Tegmark is the President of the Future of Life Institute, an independent nonprofit with the goal of maximising the benefits of technology and reducing its associated risks. He is also a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently using physics-based techniques to better understand biological and artificial intelligence. Tegmark has co-authored more than 200 technical papers, featured in dozens of science documentaries and received numerous awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship, Cottrell Scholar Award and NSF Career Grant."
Max Tegmark will discuss strategies for ensuring that rapidly improving artificial intelligence (AI) technology helps rather than harms democracy. I argue that while recent discussion tends to focus on digitalization of government services, we need more focus on e-democracy and empowering voters.
The panel that concludes this year's conference will take a look at the AI landscape from the needs and possibilities of national and global regulatory frameworks for AI, and other emerging digital technologies. As the drivers of these technologies are not the governments but private companies, specifically a few of them that further concentrate such competences, the national agendas on accepting or rejecting the private companies' utilization of AI on cross-boarder services needs to be subject of careful consideration for governments. At the same time, digital services provided by governments may use number of the AI applications for better service design, including, but not limited to, the aspects of empowering citizens and e-democracy.