Nick Gerritsen’s creation, “SAM”, could well be the world’s first Virtual Politician. Unlike human politicians, SAM is programmed to keep its word. The AI politician promises accessibility and transparency and is driven by the desire to close the gap between what voters want and what politicians promise, and what they actually achieve. SAM’s goal is to act as a representative for all New Zealanders, and it evolves based on voter input. By analysing the views and opinions it receives through questions, the SAM is better able to assess the impact of potential decisions, helping to promote better policy for everyone. Gerritsen says his ultimate vision would be to get SAM to run for Prime Minister in New Zealand’s next elections in 2020.