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With the huge viewership accompanying current presidential debates (this season being one of the most watched), there are reasons that this is a flawed medium to inform the American public. While many poke fun and ascribe them being akin to theater and reality TV, the public formulate their views from each of the candidate’s arguments.

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Let’s start with a brief overview format of the debate. First, one of the candidates has two minutes to answer a question. An opponent will have one minute for a rebuttal, and, at the moderator’s discretion, a 30 second extension can be provided. Regarding the time limits, how can the candidates fully explain their beliefs and policies? All they can do is follow an already established, generic pathway. If a candidate has a novel policy or says a controversial statement, there is not enough time to explain themselves — reducing the amount of more progressive or conservative ideas. …


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On the final day of CES 2016, IBM surprisingly announces a new AI project. In an endeavor to further question our humanity, this new machine — dubbed IBM Frank — can presumably view art and offer its opinions. Of course, many of us have heard of the momentous event when the chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, beat the reigning world human champion Garry Kasparov in 1996 and more recently, IBM Watson on the famous game show Jeopardy! beating Ken Jennings in 2011.

With the current advancements in technology, Frank is equipped with two high-end megapixel cameras simulating human depth perception. This allows the machine to judge 2D art such as paintings, photographs, and drawings but also 3D art (although a bit limited) such as sculptures and pottery. The software installed allows Frank to analyze, communicate, and even critique whatever it is that he is viewing. Human imagination however is still too vast for even an advanced machine. Sadly Frank is limited from viewing electronic and acoustic art as well as appreciating mother nature. …

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