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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.”