World gets its first Artificial Intelligence politician

PTI
Published Nov 27, 2017, 1:15 am IST
Updated Nov 27, 2017, 1:16 am IST
Sam can answer queries regarding education, immigration.
By late 2020, when New Zealand has its next general election, the developer Nick Gerritsen, believes Sam will be advanced enough to run as a candidate. However, it is not legal for AI to contest elections.
 By late 2020, when New Zealand has its next general election, the developer Nick Gerritsen, believes Sam will be advanced enough to run as a candidate. However, it is not legal for AI to contest elections.

Scientists have developed the world’s first artificial intelligence politician, that can answer a person’s queries regarding local issues such as policies around created by Nick Gerritsen, a 49-year-old entrepreneur, in New Zealand.housing, education and immigration. The virtual politician, called Sam, was “There is a lot of bias in the ‘analogue’ practice of politics right now,” said Mr Gerritsen.

“There seems to be so much existing bias that countries around the world seem unable to address fundamental and multiple complex issues like climate change and equality,” he said. The AI politician is constantly learning to respond to people through Facebook Messenger as well as a survey on its homepage. While Mr Gerritsen acknowledges that human’s biases can creep into algorithms, he said that he does not view bias as just a challenge to technology solutions.

 

While the system is not perfect, it may still help bridge the growing political and cultural divide in many countries, Tech In Asia reported. By late 2020, when New Zealand has its next general election, Mr Gerritsen believes Sam will be advanced enough to run as a candidate. However, it is not legal for AI to contest elections. “Sam is an enabler and we plan to operate within existing legal boundaries,” Mr Gerritsen said. 





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