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India wins Under-19 World Cup 2018

India has won Under-19 ICC World Cup 2018 by defeating Australia by eight wickets. With this victory, India became first nation to win Under-19 World Cup four times. It was India’s sixth appearance in the under-19 World Cup finals. Australia had made into the final five times, winning the tournament three times.

Key Facts

The 2018 final match was played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. Australia, choosing to bat first after winning the toss had set target of 216 runs (10 wickets) in 47.2 overs. India in the chase, scored 220-2 in the 39th over.

India’s opener Manjot Kalra who scored 101 runs from 102 balls became second player in history to score century in ICC U-19 World Cup final, after Unmukt Chand. Indian team was led by Prithvi Shaw and was coached by former batsman Rahul Dravid.

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

It is an international cricket tournament organised by International Cricket Council (ICC) and contested by national under-19 teams. It was first contested in 1988 as the Youth World Cup and later was not staged again until 1998. Since then, it is held as biennial event by the ICC.

Previous winners: Australia (1988), England (1998), India (2000), Australia (2002), Pakistan (2004), Pakistan (2006), India (2008),  Australia (2010), India (2012), South Africa (2014) and West Indies (2016)

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SAM: World’s first AI politician developed

Scientists from New Zealand have developed world’s first artificial intelligence politician named SAM. It was created by Nick Gerritsen, entrepreneur in New Zealand.

Key Facts

The virtual politician SAM can answer person’s queries regarding local issues such as policies around housing, education and immigration. It constantly learns to respond to people through Facebook Messenger as well as a survey on its homepage. It may help to bridge the growing political and cultural divide in many countries

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is branch of computer science concerned with making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs in order to make them behave like computers. AI enables a machine to perceive and respond to its changing environment. It is related to similar task of using computers to understand human intelligence.

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