However, the realization of a comprehensive social apprach to AI requires a politicization of the issue. This means first of all that the topic of AI and digitalization be recognized as an object of political debate and decision-making. Research from other areas such as EU politics (see, for example, De Wilde 2011; Schattschneider 1957) shows that three conditions must be met:
- Polarization: alternative positions must be representend in the decision-making process.
- Intensity: broad media attention ensures that the topic is popularized and positions are disseminated.
- Resonance: if an issue is finally placed on the agenda of citizens and organizations, and is considered relevant for elections, then it can be considered politicized.
An excellent example of such a development is the recent topic and political career of climate change. By systematically observing public and published opinion, MeMo:KI will gauge the extent to which AI will take a similar path.