However, a comprehensive claim to shape society requires that we politicize the topic. 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 represented in decision-making.
- 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.