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Food Platform Pixsweet creates Ice Popsicles of US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on popular demand

A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” in Pixsweet is used to make the popsicles of one's choice

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November 8, 2016: Pixsweet ia an online platform that allows you to customize edibles on demand was launched last week. Owner, Janne Kyttanen, a Finnish conceptual artist known for his work with 3D printing walked into the US presidential elections by creating ice popsicles representing the presidential competitors.

Pixsweet depicts the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in form but Donald Trump, the Republican candidate is represented by a chunk of excrement. The symbols of the parties, a donkey and an elephant have also been shaped into iced pops, mentioned dezeen.com.

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The platform is dedicated to the making customized food designs fast and the ones that are on demand, but the only edibles under production currently are ice pops but the company may broaden its production in the future.

Kyttanen left the 3D printing industry in early 2016 to put up WTFVC, his own venture capital fund. Pixsweet is the first startup under it, mentioned the report.

Kyttanen told Dezeen that the focus of WTFVC is on designing new companies as fast as designing products.

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A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” is used to make the popsicles. It hunts the internet for relevant images for the search terms entered by the user.

A 3D structure is made by detecting the object and the object’s edges. From here, the design is sent into the production line, which takes 1.3 seconds to complete the process to make a mould. The mould is then packaged and the desired flavor is injected into it. After sealing and labelling, the popsicle is ready for shipping.

Kytannen’s earlier work comprises mainly of 3D printing but the process followed by Pixsweet does not use 3D printing at all.

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The designer told Dezeen that Pixsweet has solved most of the problems with 3D printed food items which is expensive, inconvenient for distribution and very slow to produce.

These popsicles were created prior to the US elections, that is taking place today and the designer is planning to hand out these lollies with his team at polling stations in Los Angeles where he is currently based.

The satirical works of many artists about the political views of Trump show that the artist community does not like the candidate very much.

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Googling ‘idiot’ Bringing up Donald Trump Pictures Drags Google in Trouble

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing "examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices" on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)