Howzat: Summer of Cricket sends TV ratings for six

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Could New Zealand have an AI Prime Minister in 2020?

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.

AR Toothbrush makes brushing your teeth something to look forward to

French oral care company Kolibree have acknowledged that getting young kids into the habit of brushing their teeth morning and night can, at times, be a trying task for parents. To make the lives of parents that much easier, Kolibree have released the world’s first augmented reality toothbrushing app for kids. The app has 15 challenges and games for kids to choose from before embarking on an adventure that encourages them to brush by advancing through levels – inviting them to associate brushing their teeth with being an enjoyable task rather than a chore.

See how the app works below.

Howzat: Summer of Cricket sends TV ratings for six

Program Station Audience
The Ashes: Fifth Test – Australia V England Ch9 1,149,664
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 20 – Session 2 Ch10 799,274
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 23 – Session 2 Ch10 731,499
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 23 – Session 1 Ch10 725,723
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 24 – Session 2 Ch10 721,389
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 21 – Session 2 Ch10 714,396
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 28 – Session 2 Ch10 713,676
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 22 – Session 1 Ch10 689,247
Back Roads ABC 682,203
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 26 – Session 2 Ch10 662,687

07/01/2018 – 13/01/2018

Kodak jumps on board the crypto-craze

Kodak has joined the crypto-craze with their new photo licensing site, KodakOne.  With the vision of providing photographers with protection for their image rights, the new blockchain program will safeguard images against unauthorized use. To be protected, photographers who sign up will upload their images to an encrypted digital ledger of ownership. Once in the block chain, bots scour the internet for the image, distinguishing between properly licensed photos and ones that are used illegally.

How to find your doppelganger in a museum

Ever been told you’re “no oil painting”? Well now you CAN be one, with a new feature on Google’s Arts and Culture App. Google is advancing selfies from being a fun hobby to an educational tool with a new feature available for iOS and Android. The user uploads their selfie into the program that is loaded with art from 1000 different museums around the world. The app then searches its archives against your picture to see if it can find a match.

To learn more on finding your doppelganger click here.

Take phone calls through your finger

Mobile phone technology has advanced out of sight in the past decade but often it can still be difficult to simply hear a phone call clearly. South Korean-based startup Innomdle Lab believe they have come up with the solution: bone conduction technology. The startup has developed a wristband that uses this technology, enabling users to hear calls through their fingers. Once the band is synced up to a phone, it can receive calls, which the wearer can hear by touching a finger to their ear. The band also serves as a fitness tracker and has notification abilities.

Facebook is putting the “social” back into their social network

Late last week Facebook announced that they were making big changes to our News Feeds. The main change in question being to heavily prioritise posts from users’ family and friends over companies and publishers. While this will heavily influence media outlets and the way we use the platform, the change will ultimately connect people with who they care about, making people feel less lonely which correlates to a long term measure of happiness and health. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post on Thursday “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions”.

Learn more about the changes here.

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