Data day liv­ing at the touch of a key­board I

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BILL Gates and An­gelina Jolie are the most ad­mired pub­lic fig­ures in the world, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

Mi­crosoft founder Gates is one of the world’s great­est phi­lan­thropists and he and his wife spend their work­ing days giv­ing away much of their $90bil­lion for­tune. That’s 90 bil­lion. Not mil­lions.

Of course, if you’ve got a lot you can give away a lot but full credit to him. There are a lot of wealthy peo­ple who be­lieve they can never have enough.

Ac­tress and hu­man rights campaigner An­gelina Jolie has been num­ber one fe­male choice since 2015 when the rank­ings were split into male and fe­male. She is also a UN spe­cial en­voy for refugees, has of­ten been cited as the most beau­ti­ful woman in the world and is said to be the most in­flu­en­tial woman in Hol­ly­wood. Beauty, brains, com­pas­sion, hu­man­ity and a mem­o­rable Laura Croft is some com­bi­na­tion.

Sec­ond place in the male and fe­male cat­e­gories were Barack and Michelle Obama.

I wonder if Gates and Jolie have con­sid­ered run­ning on a joint ticket for pres­i­dent and vi­cepres­i­dent of Amer­ica in two years time when Trump is up for re-elec­tion? Just think­ing. READ that Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, or AI as it’s known, can now tell if a user of Twit­ter is preg­nant sim­ply by analysing their con­tri­bu­tions to the so­cial me­dia site. This is ac­cord­ing to re­search from Im­pe­rial Col­lege, Lon­don.

Thank good­ness I don’t use Twit­ter. I’d hate them to tell me I was preg­nant. At my age.

This comes af­ter we have been told that Face­book was ma­nip­u­lated to swing the Brexit vote and get Don­ald Trump elected as US Pres­i­dent. The web is ap­par­ently awash with per­sonal in­for­ma­tion that can be an­a­lysed and used. We no longer have se­crets.

Years ago teenage girls wrote diaries that they of­ten locked with a key and kept under their bed to keep their thoughts pri­vate from their par­ents. To­day, teenagers post them, il­lus­trated with pic­tures, for the world to see on so­cial me­dia.

Which makes the email I re­ceived par­tic­u­larly per­ti­nent. It’s about the chap who phoned to or­der a take­away and found that one of the ma­jor in­ter­net con­glom­er­ates had taken over his favourite pizza shop. Bert: “I’d like to or­der a pizza.” Shop:“Do you want your usual, sir?” “You know me?” “Ac­cord­ing to our caller ID data sheet, you al­ways or­der an ex­tra large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pep­per­oni and mush­rooms on a thick crust.” “Amazing.” “May we sug­gest you or­der a pizza with ri­cotta, arugula, sun-dried toma­toes and olives on a whole­wheat gluten-free thin crust?” “But I don’t like that.” “Your choles­terol is not good, sir.” “How do you know?”

“We cross-ref­er­enced your home phone num­ber with your med­i­cal records and have the re­sult of your blood tests for the last seven years.” “I take med­i­ca­tion for my choles­terol.” “You have not taken your med­i­ca­tion reg­u­larly. Ac­cord­ing to our data­base you only pur­chased a box of 30 choles­terol tablets once at Drugs Are Us, four months ago.” “I bought more from an­other store.” “That doesn’t show on your credit card state­ment.” “I paid cash.” “You did not with­draw enough cash ac­cord­ing to your bank state­ment.”

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