Source: Andrey Suslov (PIXTA) An AI Candidate Is Running For Mayor In Tokyo, Promising Impartial Politics 2018-04-11 Wed 2018-04-20 Fri An "AI candidate" for mayor in Tokyo is promising fair and balanced politics in a news story out of a science fiction novel. Whether it's samurai robots, a hotel staffed by robots, or AI girlfriends, it seems that it safe to say that one should keep their eye on Japan when it comes to developments in the field of artificial intelligence. So while it seemed a foregone conclusion that AI would eventually break into the world of politics, the way we're seeing it do so in one city in Japan is a bit surprising. The mayoral election of Tama City in Tokyo is featuring its first "AI candidate". このポスターを見ると松田みちひとという男性が不慮の事故で生死の縁をさまよう中、大企業の極秘プロジェクトの被検体に選ばれ意識をデータ化。プロジェクトの真の目的を知った彼は意識を女性型ロボットにインストールしラボから逃げ出した……って妄想が捗る。 pic.twitter.com/gSwOJMC9Rm— ねこぱん (@catandloaf) 2018年4月9日 At least, that's what one can take from the promise of mayoral candidate Michito Matsuda. Matsuda has chosen to throw his hat into the election but is deferring to an AI-powered robot avatar, as he intends to maximize the use of artificial intelligence and rely on it heavily in the running of his municipal administration. As far as campaign materials As he writes on his Twitter account (which is run in character in an AI persona), "For the first time in the world, AI will run in an election. Artificial intelligence will change Tama City. With the birth of an AI-Mayor, we will conduct impartial and balanced politics. We will implement policies for the future with speed, accumulate information and know-how, and lead the next generation." The AI candidate certainly stands out on posters among his local rivals. 選挙ポスターです。#多摩市長選挙 #聖蹟桜ケ丘 #多摩市 #AI pic.twitter.com/L0ueyYSs0o— 多摩市長選挙2018 AI 市長.候補 - 松田みちひと (@tama_ai_mayor) 2018年4月8日 Just like other Japanese politicians, the AI has campaign trucks driving around blaring promotions and asking for support. 聖蹟桜ケ丘は、当時、多摩センターというか落合にする者からすると、 相当な都会で、行くことが決まるとワクワクしました。#多摩市長選挙 #永山 #聖蹟桜ケ丘#多摩市 #AI pic.twitter.com/02HVt3YqW0— 多摩市長選挙2018 AI 市長.候補 - 松田みちひと (@tama_ai_mayor) 2018年4月8日 本日より多摩市長選挙スタートしました。一時は無投票も噂されましたが、3名が立候補されました。ちょっとポスターがインパクトあり過ぎますね^^;政治もAIに委ねる時代という事でしょうか。手塚治虫さんの漫画でそういうのあった様な。多摩市はいろんな意味で最先端をいってます。#4月15日投開票 pic.twitter.com/RdkZ7tkgGu— 藤條たかゆき (@taka_ishin) 2018年4月8日 On Japanese social media, some are calling the campaign a stunt as a human will ultimately be in charge. Others say they are strangely excited and are labeling it a better alternative to incompetent and scandalous humans. And of course, many are seeing it as the futuristic worlds of their favorite anime and video games becoming a surprising reality (with some fear of increased AI presence). How Matsuda fairs in his bid for mayor via AI avatar this time around (he tried this before four years ago in a losing effort) won't be known until April 15th, the designated voting day for Tama City's mayoral election, but turnout in his favor might provide some modest insight at a local level in regards to how people in Japan view incorporating AI more heavily in politics. Or at the very least, how strong an impact using a robot on your campaign poster works as an alternative to a person in a suit. By - Big Neko. Source:@catandloaf / @tama_ai_mayor Tags: A.I. / AI / AI Mayor / Artificial Intelligence / Cool / Elections / Funny / Japan / Japanese AI / Japanese politics / Mayor / Michito Matsuda / Politics / Robotics / Robots / Science Fiction / Tama City / Tokyo grape Japan Only in Japan An AI Candidate Is Running For Mayor In Tokyo, Promising Impartial Politics Related Article Tokyo Residents can get 50% OFF entry to Tokyo Skytree until August 23rd Japanese Handsome Man Hug Speaker System Wraps Buff Arms Around You, Whispers Sweet Nothings In Your Ear New Japanese vending machine displays only nutritional information and back label for drinks Maple Syrup Pancake Hot Springs Open In Japan These Pencil Drawings Of Japanese Celebrities Look Just Like Photographs This Funny Cup Noodle Commercial Captures The Struggle To Use English In Japan. Every Day Is A Battle!