Scientists in New Zealand have developed a robot politician whose "brain" is powered by artificial intelligence. This politician, whose name is SAM, is able to answer a citizen's questions about housing, education, and immigration, NDTV reports.
According to NDTV, this AI politician was created by a 49-year-old entrepreneur in New Zealand named Nick Gerritsen.
"There is a lot of bias in the 'analog' practice of politics right now," said Gerritsen about his new invention."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."
SAM answers questions via Facebook messenger.
"My memory is infinite, so I will never forget or ignore what you tell me. Unlike a human politician, I consider everyone's position, without bias, when making decisions," SAM said when asked about herself, according to WHNT News 19. "I will change over time to reflect the issues that the people of New Zealand care about most."
SAM added that he knows that she won't agree with other people's opinions, but promised to try to learn about their position so that she can better "represent" them.
Gerritsen expects that SAM will be able to run in New Zealand's next general election.
He says the AI robot is constantly learning how to answer people's questions through Facebook Messenger and with the help of responses from a survey on the company's website.
The only problem is that it isn't currently legal for AI to run in elections.