Artificial Intelligence Argumentative Essay

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Artificial Intelligence has been a staple of speculative fiction for many years now. Who can forget the murderous “HAL” (so named because each letter is one higher in the alphabet than IBM) from 2001: A SPACE ODESSY? But lately Artificial Intelligence, or “AI” to the techno-hipster set, has been going mainstream in a big way.

Life always imitates art, and now IBM has indeed staked its future on AI in the form of their “Watson” product. It is very early in the game, but the promise of AI technology is immense. AI drivers may save tens of thousands of people each year from bloody and needless deaths in auto accidents. AI analysis of therapuetic compounds may rush life saving drugs to market years earlier than otherwise. AI will do everything
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Elon Musk has predicted that we shall soon be pets of AI. Whatever we can do, AI can do better. You are obsolete and uneccesary. No matter how smart, educated and experienced you are, by the AI standard your opinions are stupid and uninformed. It is only beginning now, but more and more AI is encroaching on the kind of high-level, creative and professional activities that humans take great pride in doing.

The question we are asking today is this - can AI pick our presidential candidate for us? Voting is considered our most fundamental right. Can AI do it better for us than we can do it for ourselves? Well, to answer this question we must first decide on what constitutes a “great” president. Historians have struggled over this question for years, political scientists debate it endlessly and the big class of 2016 political candidates spar over the question in the televised debates to no end.

A sort of consensus of historians is that Washington, Lincoln and the second President Roosevelt were our top three presidents. If we restrict the choice to the post-war presidents, many would claim that Kennedy and Reagan were our greatest and most inspirational presidents. We will cut through the Gordian knot and for the purposes of this analysis accept some amalgamation of those two to be the

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