Cuban Fidel Castro made a suggestion for American people: vote for a robot this November. Former Cuban President, in his latest op-ed, stated that "90 percent of voting Americans, especially Hispanics, blacks and the growing number of the impoverished middle class, would vote for the robot."
While the current US political scene stands divided between Obama and yet unknown definite Republican candidate, a robot would certainly be a novelty. Now, if we are to consider HAL9000 (Artificial Intelligence from 2001:A Space Odyssey) as a serious candidate, we should compare him to the current White House incumbent in a imagined debate.Q: Who is responsible for our current troubles?HAL
: It can only be attributable to human error.Barack Obama
: I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.Barack Obama
: The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.Q: Have you done everything you could to help the country?HAL
: I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.Barack Obama
: You know, one of the things I think you understand as president is you're held responsible for everything, but you don't always have control of everything, right?Q: What are your thoughts on music?HAL
: Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you.Barack Obama
: A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'Q: Are you sure that you did not make any mistakes?HAL
: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.Barack Obama
: But do I think that our actions in anyway violate the War Powers Resolution, the answer is no.Barack Obama
: The day I'm inaugurated, this country looks at itself differently and the world looks at America differently. If you believe that we've got to heal America and we've got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am a messenger who can deliver that message around the world in a way that no other candidate can do.Q: Do you like this Q&A session?HAL
: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.Barack Obama
: Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.Barack Obama
: Why can't I just eat my waffle?Well folks, that's about it. I hope that this debate helped you see who will be your candidate of choice for the upcoming elections.