Will artificial intelligence destroy democracy? Some political scientists and democracy scholars think that it might. The thinking goes something like this: inequality will rise as jobs continue to be automated, which will cause distrust in the government and create fertile ground for authoritarianism.
Jay Yonamine is uniquely qualified to weigh in on this issue. He is a data scientist at Google and has a Ph.D. in political science. He has an interesting perspective on the relationship between automation and democracy, and the role that algorithms and platforms play in the spread of misinformation online.
Yonamine joins the Democracy Works podcast this week to discuss the ways that technology companies are handling the challenges posed by AI, and how all of us can be smarter about the content we consume online.
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