Japan exploring use of artificial intelligence for nation's parliament

By Elizabeth Shim  |  Dec. 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM
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TOKYO, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Japan's advancements in artificial intelligence could soon have an impact on everyday government operations.

Tokyo is looking into AI as a resource for parliament, and is considering the use of computers for administrative tasks, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Monday.

Jobs computers could fulfill include drafting responses that can be submitted to parliament.

Japan's trade ministry told the Yomiuri the AI would be first required to study summaries of the parliament's agenda from the past five years.

Once the computer has familiarized itself with the history, it would be programmed to answer questions that may arise during policymaking, according to the report.

The answers could range from opinions on policy issues, steps to take in decision-making and the creation of draft responses.

The AI-created draft response could be used as a foundation for employees who develop a "list of answers" that could then be submitted to parliament, the report says.

The results of the AI deployment would be evaluated and if they yield positive results Tokyo would look into using AI in other branches of government.

Japan's plan to use AI for state purposes is part of the strategy for a "fourth industrial revolution," a central part of the government's economic growth plan, according to the Yomiuri.

Tokyo is already planning the construction of the world's fastest supercomputer by the end of 2017, the BBC reported.

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