Andrew Yang ended his campaign on Tuesday after a lukewarm appearance in New Hampshire, ending what was the only AI first presidential campaign in US history. Some will argue that Yang's campaign has simply grown in importance because of his support for a $ 1,000 universal basic income, but he has survived and surpassed most of the field because of the impact of automation on the economy, communities, and individuals seems to understand.  He defined himself and his campaign through his stance on AI and related issues such as the future of work and how to create economic opportunities – and how AI is now essential for national defense. With this message, he rose from a relatively unknown businessman to become one of the most popular candidates on the Internet and rank sixth in a Real Clear Politics average of national polls.
Days before the Iowa caucus, for example, Yang called for an international ban on autonomous weapons. His campaign slogan: humanity first. His most important political initiative: universal basic income, which the campaign was able to provide as a proof-of-concept and advertising campaign for 1
"We were in the debating phase and shifted our national conversation to the fourth industrial revolution, an issue that no one wanted to raise until we achieved it with this campaign," he said in a speech in which he said his departure announced. “We have highlighted the real problems in our communities as technology and automation are changing our economy before our eyes, and Americans now know that a Michigan factory doesn't find wall-to-wall immigrants working. You will find wall-to-wall robotic arms and machines that do the work that people used to do. “
Instead of using immigration as a lightning rod for division, he fueled fear and xenophobia and talked about it, like most Fortune 500 companies, of immigrants or children were founded by immigrants. He discussed being the son of a Taiwan-born peanut farmer and claimed that the US should not lose its reputation as a "magnet for" human capital for generations. "
" If we lose that, we lose something that is essential to our continued success. And here I would lead as president, ”he said in a debate last fall.
Yang also talked about how the US government was decades ago in government technology and how important it is to give parents early childhood education.
He seemed to understand and take advantage of the fear associated with the proliferation of AI and automation. Yang made progress across the country in his policies, demonstrating the trust and charisma that voters would expect from a presidential candidate, but also as a candidate who recognized and closely examined how AI and automation are changing the world.
It is unclear whether universal basic income will continue to be an important issue for voters or whether Yang will re-run in 2024, but he is right that the issues that his campaign was addressing AI addressed the "future of American politics and the Democratic Party ”. Indeed, AI will play a role in the future of business, healthcare, criminal justice, civil liberties and national security.
Consultants like McKinsey are now talking about AI readiness and industry playing a role in shaping a country's GDP growth. China plans to be a global leader in AI by 2030, and parts of the U.S. government and Department of Defense today see AI supremacy as critical to U.S. power. In the first democratic debate last June, a majority of the Democratic presidential candidate identified China as the greatest external threat to the United States. Yang then said his first call as president was to go to China to collaborate on topics like AI.
Meanwhile, AI startups saw record-breaking growth in funding in 2019, but general manager surveys revealed that many companies are having difficulty implementing the technology. A majority of executives fear that an inability could lead to more advanced companies dominating and closing their doors.
AI continues to challenge civil liberties, civil rights, and laws and norms and norms, as well as the challenges. This led to the proposal in the US Senate and Congress on Wednesday to propose a law on a moratorium on facial recognition that takes into account regulation of facial recognition.
The AI first campaign for the president has ended. This is history, but the issues Yang dealt with are becoming increasingly important.