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This government aide says it knows what voters want. It's an AI bot

By Leo Sands

02 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Romania's prime minister has a new cabinet adviser named Ion: A deep-voiced, AI-powered bot encased in a mirror. Ion will advise the government on voters' "everyday concerns." The Post has the story.

If you're worried about artificial intelligence bots breaking free from human control and taking over the world, shield your eyes now.

Romania's prime minister has just unveiled a new colleague to his cabinet - a deep-voiced AI-powered "adviser" encased in a mirror which is being described as the world's first AI-powered government aide.

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