New Zealand Based Entrepreneur Creates Sam, World’s First AI Enabled Politician

The virtual politician, called SAM, was created by Nick Gerritsen, a 49-year-old entrepreneur in New Zealand.

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Artificial Intelligence enabled robots are slowly taking over the world.

After Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a robot named Sophia last month, New Zealand based entrepreneur has created world’s first AI enabled politician, Sam.

The virtual politician, called SAM, was created by Nick Gerritsen, a 49-year-old entrepreneur in New Zealand.

The AI politician is constantly learning to respond to people through Facebook Messenger as well as a survey on its homepage.

Gerritsen accepts that Sam is not perfect as human bias can creep into algorithms, but he also believes that this can still bridge the growing cultural and political divide in many countries.

Unlike other politicians, Sam can’t knowingly lie or misinterpret information. Just like a regular politician, Sam can answer local queries such as housing policies, education, and immigration.

However, being a virtual politico also equips it with several superhuman advantages. Sam isn't limited by time or space, is accessible everywhere all the time, and has an infinite memory.

Most importantly, its decisions are backed by facts and opinions, and it cannot knowingly lie or misrepresent information.

Sam has just started out and is learning to respond to people through Facebook Messenger and its website. Though sometimes its responses may be inaccurate or incomplete, it is not afraid to admit when it doesn’t know.

While the system is not perfect, it may still help bridge the growing political and cultural divide in many countries, Tech In Asia reported. Mr. Gerritsen believes SAM will be advanced enough to run as a candidate by 2020.

"SAM is an enabler and we plan to operate within existing legal boundaries," Gerritsen said.

Information source: thehindu

Cover iamge source: timesofindia


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