The artificial intelligence assistant known as “Ion” was unveiled by Romania’s prime minister, Nicolae Ciuca, as his “new honorary adviser.” He lauded it as the first of its kind.
Ion, which was created by Romanian researchers, would primarily be responsible for scanning social media to notify the government in real time of Romanians’ requests and wishes, Ciuca said on Wednesday.
The liberal minister described Ion as “the first government adviser to utilize artificial intelligence,” noting that the newest member of his entourage was a mirror-like structure with a beeping interface.
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Ion’s cool voice at the launch said, “Hello, you gave me life. Now, my role is now to represent you like a mirror. What Romanian information should I know?”
According to a government paper outlining the project, Ion would leverage technology and artificial intelligence to capture thoughts in society utilizing data publicly available on social networks.
People in Romania will also be able to speak with Ion on the project website. Ciuca remarked, “I am certain that using AI should not be a choice but a requirement to make more informed decisions.” Romania, one of the poorest countries in the EU, is frequently referred to as the “Silicon Valley” of Eastern Europe due to its thriving start-up community.