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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

AI Assists NYC Council Member-Elect in Communication

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In a world where AI is becoming more prevalent, it's no surprise that it's making its way into politics.

Susan Zhuang, a soon-to-be council member representing the 43rd Council District in Brooklyn, New York, has admitted to using AI to answer a local news publication's questionnaire.

Zhuang, a Democrat, explained that she uses AI as a tool to foster a deeper understanding, particularly as English is not her first language. This admission came after the New York Post noticed something unusual about Zhuang's response to a question about what makes someone a New Yorker. The response was so eloquent and polished that the Post decided to run it through Copyleaks, a tool that checks for plagiarism and AI-generated responses. The result? It appeared to have been generated by AI.

The use of AI in politics is not new. Politicians often have public relations teams to craft responses, but the use of AI raises questions about how and if politicians should use this technology. For instance, this year, the Republican National Committee used AI-generated images in an ad responding to President Joe Biden's reelection campaign. Similarly, a Brazilian politician admitted to using ChatGPT to write a city ordinance.

Zhuang's use of AI highlights a growing trend among politicians and officials. As AI tools like ChatGPT become more widespread, we can expect to see more politicians embracing this technology. However, this is not without controversy. AI's role in politics is already causing concern ahead of the 2024 presidential election, with some senators pushing back against its use in political campaigns.

As we continue to navigate this digital age, it's clear that AI will play an increasingly significant role in various sectors, including politics. The key will be finding a balance that ensures transparency and authenticity while leveraging the benefits of this powerful tool.

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