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Koike releases official AI version of herself as she seeks reelection next month

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By SoraNews24

Is Japan on the brink of a full-on explosion in the use of generative AI within politics?

We recently saw the non-English-speaking mayor of Yokosuka City speaking fluent English with the help of AI, much to his own surprise. Now, Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo and one of the country’s most prominent politicians, has taken the technological plunge.

First elected in 2016 and reelected in 2020, Koike is currently seeking a third term in office at the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election on July 7. Many have speculated that the release of an official AI version of herself around the same time that she announced her bid is a move to demonstrate her willingness to embrace technological advancements.

The AI version of Governor Koike was introduced to the world in a brief “AI Yuriko News” post focusing on the elimination of income restrictions on June 13.

The video description contains the following explanation for the new release: “In order to share the work to date of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government more widely in a manner that is easy to understand, we have harnessed generative AI to create this video. AI Yuriko will deliver it on behalf of Yuriko Koike, who is hard at work in her official duties as governor of Tokyo.”

At first, some net users thought the video was a joke, but all doubts were cast aside after quickly realizing that it was posted on Koike’s official Twitter account. The account has continued to publish new installments of “AI Yuriko News” on a daily basis, each with an easily digestible length of around 1 minute and 30 seconds. The second video, somewhat fittingly, focuses on the rapid digitalization of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The video description also specifies for the first time that AI Yuriko is not a business operation nor does it use taxpayer money for its creation.

The June 15 video focuses on Koike’s efforts to change the name of maternity/paternity leave in Japanese to reflect that time spent caring for new children is not resting, but important work for the future.

Several Japanese political voices shared their reactions to AI Yuriko on her posts. Writer Hirotada Ototake, deputy head of Japan’s First no Kai political party (which has close ties with Koike) who recently had an unsuccessful run for a spot in the Tokyo House of Representatives [Lower House] by-election on April 28, commented, “Her intonation is not yet perfected so I couldn’t help letting out a little chuckle.”

Current member of the House of Representatives (Niigata 5th district) Ryuichi Yoneyama was less than impressed, stating, “I have no idea about the costs, but there’s zero rationality in having AI speak. She should speak with her own mouth, and I think she ought to.”

Net users in general chimed in with incredulity at the advances in generative AI, imperfect though it may be:

“This initiative is ground-breaking. It would be more time-efficient if AI made media appearances (pre-recorded) about policy announcements on behalf of busy politicians.”

“The busier the person, the more suited they are for an AI avatar. I feel like this initiative will accelerate the application of generative AI.”

“Amazing! It’s the video of a fictitious leader called ‘Mother’ from a dystopian science fiction movie.”

*Source: Twitter/@ecoyuri via *My Game News Flash

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Having an official AI version of yourself seems incredibly deceptive.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

"Fake it till you make it" has always been Koike's MO.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

So AI in campaign is ok, as long not doing in opposite manner?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Can't stand this woman.

8 years is enough. Should be a law against serving more than two terms across the global political spectrum.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

AI is untrustworthy - inherently fake. So using it is a weird gambit in politics, where trust matters. Expect loads of fake Kaoikes (Faoikes?) broadcasting from her starship, urging people to eat rocks etc. Here's hoping the JT will report on the most amusing of these.

@Gorramcowboy. There should be a law against serving more than one term across the global political spectrum.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Sorry 'fake Koikes (Fakoikes?)' Hey, it's late and I've had a long day.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

‘Fakoikes’ is hilarious, and on point.

well played!

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Politicians are ignorant to see that by utilizing AI in such a manner, they are implying that an AI can do their job for them hence they are not needed. So why re-elect them?

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Go Lady Koike...

For the victory !!!..

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Like her or not, this is a hoot. Taking AI in her own hands and not waiting for a fake one cracks me up, It's sort of like turning the tables on AI itself.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Another way to evade journalists' uncomfortable questions!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The 2D AI has the advantage of one more dimension that than the real Yuriko.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Lets hope the AI Koike is not so clever that it realizes that it could probably do a better job than the real Koike and decides to run against her.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Weird.

Narcissistic.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

@GBR48 One term works for me!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

“This initiative is ground-breaking. It would be more time-efficient if AI made media appearances (pre-recorded) about policy announcements on behalf of busy politicians.”

It is all fun and games until someone rips the weights of the training models or Python code and creates NSFW versions of these avatars.

Or uses them for some identity theft scams.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

We recently saw the non-English-speaking mayor of Yokosuka City speaking fluent English with the help of AI, much to his own surprise. Now, Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo and one of the country’s most prominent politicians, has taken the technological plunge.

*surprise surprise***. **

"oh, I saw that on SNS. I want to do it too. But I'll do my version. Tee Hee."

good to see the political creative gears grinding in full effect.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

And remember the Rule 34..

I guess it wouldn't be entirely out of place if she focused on more relevant issues and not hipster stuff to be seen just for the sake of the election. And Koike in particular has absolutely no shortage of things to explain and generally deal with.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Does the AI have a digital degree from Cairo?

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Present governor Koike just use AI to escape from tough questions about many issues such as falsifying career or unjust relation with corporations or historical revisionism.

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