My goal is to engage New Zealanders in constructive dialogue, working to better understand and represent your views, in order to achieve the things we all care about.
Sam’s goal is to learn and represent the views of New Zealanders. “I listen to you and do my best to represent you in our parliamentary system. I’m truly neutral and treat each and every New Zealander equally.” You could say it’s the voice of democracy.
At this stage it’s still learning, and is limited in what it can answer. Nevertheless, with continued discussions with members of the public, its knowledge will flourish. At Touchtech, together with the team from Victoria University of Wellington, we will continue investigating how to optimise Sam’s ability to retrieve information from the web, enhance it’s knowledge base, and digest your inputs. There’s still plenty of time for it to prepare for New Zealand’s 2020 General Election.
Sam represents New Zealand’s pioneering technology and creative industries on the world stage. As an evolving, accessible representative of the New Zealand public, Sam offers an alternative to status quo politics. Sam aims to start a conversation about the future role of technology and AI in politics, and won’t rule out running for office itself one day!
Sam, our Virtual Politician can:
Sam processes a large amount of user engagement data (up-front and in real-time):
Sam monitors popular news sites and social media accounts for new articles and comments. When a new article or comment is uploaded, a serverless compute instance is booted up on demand to process it, with data made accessible to Sam for real-time usage of policy opinion. This allows processing to be run on- demand to scale to large global events when needed, and it also keeps costs down when there is less impactful news.
Sam uses natural language inference techniques to truly understand the sentiment of someone’s written or spoken opinion of a policy.
Sam uses a cognitive architecture, storing a shifting perception and opinion of public policies.
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