It may be too late to change anything for this year’s election, but let’s see if we can make the 2016 election go a little bit better. Here are some ideas that will make the elections fairer, more fun, more fact-based and less discriminating against third parties.
First big change: no more human moderators. You may have heard the news about a year ago that IBM made a supercomputer, Watson, that can understand human language. Watson should be given the questions to ask the candidates. Not only will a computer be completely impartial, but Watson would also be able to fact-check everything that each candidate said in real-time. How can debates based on fact be a bad thing?
Now for the Presidential Election Game Show. The show works like this. Allow the third parties to participate in the debates. This simultaneously makes the election fairer, and makes it appeal to more of the population. All the presidential candidates, consisting of a few Democrats, a few Republicans, one or two from the Green Party, and one or two Libertarians, would live together in a big house. They would compete in one debate every week on a different topic, and the audience could vote them off like American Idol.
There could even be a True Life segment where two contestants are locked in a room together for a few hours to talk.