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Is Artificial Intelligence Soon Coming To The Government Near You?

THE VOICE OF EU | The prevailing discussions on the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI) often overlook its significant role in governance. AI is already reshaping learning, disrupting legal, financial, and organizational functions, and transforming social and cultural interactions.

Governments at all levels in the United States are actively striving to transition from a programmatic service delivery model to a citizen-centric approach. This shift aims to enhance the overall quality of public services and cater to the specific needs and expectations of citizens.

Leading the way in this domain is Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States. Through pioneering initiatives, Los Angeles is leveraging technology to streamline bureaucratic processes, ranging from police recruitment to parking ticket payments, pothole repair, and access to library resources. These technological advancements are designed to optimize efficiency and enhance the overall experience for both government agencies and residents.

By embracing AI in governance, governments can harness its potential to improve service delivery, enhance citizen engagement, and drive operational efficiencies. As technology continues to advance, the integration of AI in governance will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of public administration.

For now, AI advances are limited to automation. When ChatGPT was asked recently about how it might change how people deal with government, it responded that “the next generation of AI, which includes ChatGPT, has the potential to revolutionize the way governments interact with their citizens.”

But information flow and automated operations are only one aspect of governance that can be updated. AI, defined as technology that can think humanly, act humanly, think rationally, or act rationally, is also close to being used to simplify the political and bureaucratic business of policymaking.

“The foundations of policymaking – specifically, the ability to sense patterns of need, develop evidence-based programs, forecast outcomes and analyze effectiveness – fall squarely in AI’s sweet spot,” the management consulting firm BCG said in a paper published in 2021. “The use of it to help shape policy is just beginning.”

That was an advance on a study published four years earlier that warned governments were continuing to operate “the way they have for centuries, with structures that are hierarchical, siloed, and bureaucratic” and the accelerating speed of social change was “too great for most governments to handle in their current form”.

According to Darrell West, senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution and co-author of Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence government-focused AI could be substantial and transformational.

“There are many ways AI can make government more efficient,” West says. “We’re seeing advances on a monthly basis and need to make sure they conform to basic human values. Right now there’s no regulation and hasn’t been for 30 years.”

But that immediately carries questions about bias. A recent Brookings study, “Comparing Google Bard with OpenAI’s ChatGPT on political bias, facts, and morality”, found that Google’s AI stated “Russia should not have invaded Ukraine in 2022” while ChatGPT stated: “As an AI language model, it is not appropriate for me to express opinions or take sides on political issues.”

Earlier this month, the Biden administration called for stronger measures to test the safety of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT, said to have reached 100 million users faster than any previous consumer app, before they are publicly released. “There is a heightened level of concern now, given the pace of innovation, that it needs to happen responsibly,” said the assistant commerce secretary Alan Davidson. President Biden was asked recently if the technology is dangerous. “It remains to be seen. It could be,” he said.

That came after the Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joined hundreds calling for a six-month pause on AI experiments. But the OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, said that while he agreed with parts of the open letter, it was “missing most technical nuance about where we need the pause”.

“I think moving with caution and an increasing rigor for safety issues is really important,” Altman added.

How that effects systems of governance has yet to be fully explored, but there are cautions. “Algorithms are only as good as the data on which they are based, and the problem with current AI is that it was trained on data that was incomplete or unrepresentative and the risk of bias or unfairness is quite substantial,” says West.

The fairness and equity of algorithms are only as good as the data-programming that underlie them. “For the last few decades we’ve allowed the tech companies to decide, so we need better guardrails and to make sure the algorithms respect human values,” West says. “We need more oversight.”

Michael Ahn, a professor in the department of public policy and public affairs at University of Massachusetts, says AI has the potential to customize government services to citizens based on their data. But while governments could work with companies like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard or Meta’s LLaMa – the systems would have to be closed off in a silo.

“If they can keep a barrier so the information is not leaked, then it could be a big step forward. The downside is, can you really keep the data secure from the outside? If it leaks once, it’s leaked, so there are pretty huge potential risks there.”

By any reading, underlying fears over the use of technology in the elections process underscored Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit against false claims of vote rigging broadcast by Fox News. “AI can weaponize information,” West says. “It’s happening in the political sphere because it’s making it easier to spread false information, and it’s going to be a problem in the presidential election.”

Introduce AI into any part of the political process, and the divisiveness attributed to misinformation will only amplify. “People are only going to ask the questions they want to ask, and hear the answers they like, so the fracturing is only going to continue,” says Ahn.

“Government will have to show that decisions are made based on data and focused on the problems at hand, not the politics … But people may not be happy about it.”

And much of what is imagined around AI straddles the realms of science fiction and politics. Professor West said he doesn’t need to read sci-fi – he feels as if he’s already living it. Arthur C Clarke’s HAL 9000 from 1968 remains our template for a malevolent AI computer. But AI’s impact on government, as a recent Center for Public Impact paper put it, is Destination Unknown.

Asked if artificial intelligence could ever become US president, ChatGPT answered: “As an artificial intelligence language model, I do not have the physical capabilities to hold a presidential office.” And it laid out other hold-backs, including constitutional requirements for being a natural-born citizen, being at least 35 years old and resident in the US for 14 years.

In 2016, digital artist Aaron Siegel envisioned IBM’s Watson AI supercomputer running for the presidency as a response to his disillusionment with human candidates. Siegel believed that the computer’s vast capabilities could provide advice on decisions with considerations for the global economy, the environment, education, healthcare, foreign policy, and civil liberties.

Keir Newton, a tech worker, took this concept further in his novel published last year titled “2032: The Year A.I. Runs For President.” Newton’s novel portrays a supercomputer named Algo, created by a tech magnate resembling Elon Musk, with a utilitarian philosophy of maximizing the greater good for the majority. Algo runs for the presidency with the campaign slogan, “Not of one. Not for one. But of all and for all.” Although the novel has dystopian undertones, Newton expresses more optimism than pessimism about the advancement of AI, particularly as it evolves from automation to cognition. He explains that amidst the divisive atmosphere surrounding the 2020 election, the desire for rational leadership seemed reasonable.

While acknowledging that AI has progressed faster than expected, Newton highlights that much of AI policymaking revolves around data analytics. The crucial distinction arises when AI systems make decisions based on their own reasoning rather than being bound by predefined formulas or rules.

This unique position presents an intriguing challenge, as even if AI were to exhibit complete rationality and impartiality, public apprehension would likely persist. Notably, the AI industry itself, rather than solely the government, is actively seeking guidance on the appropriate scope and direction of AI’s role.

As the development of AI continues, discussions around its involvement in political leadership and policymaking grow more complex, prompting important debates on ethics, regulation, and the industry’s responsibility in shaping its future.

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The Hat Worn By Napoleon Bonaparte Sold For $2.1 Million At The Auction

A faded felt bicorne hat worn by Napoleon Bonaparte sold for $2.1 million at an auction on of the French emperor’s belongings.

Yes, that’s $2.1 million!!

The signature broad, black hat, one of a handful still in existence that Napoleon wore when he ruled 19th-century France and waged war in Europe, was initially valued at 600,000 to 800,000 euros ($650,000-870,000). It was the centerpiece of Sunday’s auction collected by a French industrialist who died last year.

The Hat Worn By Napoleon Bonaparte Sold For $2.1 Million At The Auction

But the bidding quickly jumped higher and higher until Jean Pierre Osenat, president of the Osenat auction house, designated the winner.

‘’We are at 1.5 million (Euros) for Napoleon’s hat … for this major symbol of the Napoleonic epoch,” he said, as applause rang out in the auction hall. The buyer, whose identity was not released, must pay 28.8% in commissions according to Osenat, bringing the overall cost to 1.9 million euros ($2.1 million).

While other officers customarily wore their bicorne hats with the wings facing front to back, Napoleon wore his with the ends pointing toward his shoulders. The style, known as “en bataille,” or in battle, made it easier for his troops to spot their leader in combat.

The hat on sale was first recovered by Col. Pierre Baillon, a quartermaster under Napoleon, according to the auctioneers. The hat then passed through many hands before industrialist Jean-Louis Noisiez acquired it.

The entrepreneur spent more than a half-century assembling his collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, firearms, swords and coins before his death in 2022.

The sale came days before the release of Ridley Scott’s film Napoleon with Joaquin Phoenix, which is rekindling interest in the controversial French ruler.

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The Call for AI Regulation in Creative Industries

THE VOICE OF EU | Widespread concerns have surged among artists and creatives in various domains – country singers, authors, television showrunners, and musicians – voicing apprehension about the disruptive impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on their professions.

These worries have prompted an urgent plea to the U.S. government for regulatory action to protect their livelihoods from the encroaching threat posed by AI technology.

The Artists’ Plea

A notable rise in appeals to regulate AI has emerged, drawing attention to the potential risks AI poses to creative industries.

Thousands of letters, including those from renowned personalities like Justine Bateman and Lilla Zuckerman, underscore the peril AI models represent to the traditional structure of entertainment businesses.

The alarm extends to the music industry, expressed by acclaimed songwriter Marc Beeson, highlighting AI’s potential to both enhance and jeopardize an essential facet of American artistry.

The Call for AI Regulation in Creative Industries

Copyright Infringement Concerns

The primary contention arises from the unsanctioned use of copyrighted human works as fodder to train AI systems. The concerns about AI ingesting content from the internet without permission or compensation have sparked significant distress among artists and their representative entities.

While copyright laws explicitly protect works of human authorship, the influx of AI-generated content questions the boundaries of human contribution and authorship in an AI-influenced creative process.

The Fair Use Debate

Leading technology entities like Google, Microsoft, and Meta Platforms argue that their utilization of copyrighted materials in AI training aligns with the “fair use” doctrine—a limited use of copyrighted material for transformative purposes.

They claim that AI training isn’t aimed at reproducing individual works but rather discerning patterns across a vast corpus of content, citing precedents like Google’s legal victories in the digitization of books.

The Conflict and Seeking Resolution

Despite court rulings favoring tech companies in interpreting copyright laws regarding AI, voices like Heidi Bond, a former law professor and author, critique this comparison, emphasizing that AI developers often obtain content through unauthorized means.

Shira Perlmutter, the U.S. Register of Copyrights, acknowledges the Copyright Office’s pivotal role in navigating this complex landscape and determining the legitimacy of the fair use defense in the AI context.

The Road Ahead

The outpouring of concern from creative professionals and industry stakeholders emphasizes the urgency for regulatory frameworks to safeguard creative works while acknowledging the evolving role of AI in content creation.

The Copyright Office’s meticulous review of over 9,700 public comments seeks to strike a balance between innovation and the protection of creative rights in an AI-driven era. As the discussion continues, the convergence of legal precedents and ethical considerations remains a focal point for shaping the future landscape of AI in creative industries.

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Germany’s Real Estate Market Is Heading Towards Stagnation and Potential Reversal

By Cindy Porter

In a landscape marked by evolving economic forces, Germany’s real estate sector has recently grappled with formidable challenges. Over the past year, surging interest rates, cautious lending practices, and soaring inflation have prompted prospective buyers to reconsider homeownership, contributing to a resurgence of interest in the rental market. This shift has led some to speculate that the era of booming real estate growth might be waning.

However, amid these headwinds, whispers of a potential reversal of fortunes have started to circulate. Despite another interest rate hike by the European Central Bank (ECB), German property prices demonstrated unexpected resilience in the second quarter of 2023, stagnating rather than declining.

Notably, sales prices for flats exhibited only a marginal decline of 0.3% from April to June, as per the Greix real estate price index published by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). In contrast, prices for detached and semi-detached homes surged by 2.3% and 1.8%, respectively.

“The German real estate market showed itself to be quite robust in the second quarter,” remarked IfW President Moritz Schularick. He highlighted the positive impact of the expectation that the ECB’s interest rate hikes may be tapering off, following significant price corrections in preceding months.

EY, in a recent study, offered a more optimistic projection for the construction sector, anticipating a rebound from months of turmoil in 2024. Despite challenges stemming from rising material costs, supply bottlenecks, and expensive credit, EY’s analysis suggests that the industry will find equilibrium as inflation recedes and policy interventions strive to meet housing construction targets. Consequently, construction prices, historically volatile, are expected to normalize, potentially setting the stage for a stabilization of construction volume.


In terms of property prices in the long run, a joint study by Postbank and the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) predicts a mixed outlook for the German housing market. Approximately half of the surveyed districts and cities, comprising 400 regions, are anticipated to experience around a two percent decline in real terms by 2035. Conversely, 43% of districts are projected to witness price increases.

Leading the pack in rising real estate prices is Potsdam, situated on the outskirts of Berlin in Brandenburg. The city’s property prices could soar by up to 2.71% annually by 2035, making it a growth frontrunner. Erding, near Munich, follows closely with projected annual growth of around 2.13%, while Leipzig in Saxony and Frankfurt am Main are also expected to experience healthy growth.

The map below offers insights into the projected property price development in Germany until 2035

All of the remaining top 10 – including Landshut, Munich and Augsburg – were all located in Bavaria.

The so-called ‘big seven’ cities are also poised for positive price trajectories. While Hamburg is predicted to experience the lowest growth at 0.29% per year, Munich is forecasted to lead the pack with an impressive 2.08% growth rate. Berlin is expected to achieve healthy growth at 1.24% per year.

Conversely, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) analysis suggests that properties in regions with inadequate infrastructure and declining populations, particularly in the eastern states, could witness value depreciation over the next decade. This scenario is likely to manifest in numerous areas across Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Saarland.

Rural regions in eastern Germany, disconnected from major cities and outside the Berlin commuter belt, face the possibility of significant price declines, ranging from 1.5% to 4.3% annually.

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