Watch: In a first, IBM-built Artificial Intelligence debates with humans
Computer giant IBM recently pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology, news agency AP reported.
According to that report, IBM has been working on the project for over five years. The project, titled Project Debater, was released on Monday, where the AI made a case for government-subsidised space research - a topic it hadn't studied in advance but championed fiercely with just a few awkward gaps in reasoning.
The computer delivered its opening argument by pulling in evidence from its huge internal repository of newspapers, journals and other sources. It then listened to a professional human debater's counter-argument and spent four minutes rebutting it.
Project Debater cited sources, pandered to the audience’s affinity for children and veterans, and did a passable job of cracking a relevant joke or two in the process.
Project Debater digests massive texts, constructs a well-structured speech on a given topic, delivers it with clarity and purpose, and rebuts its opponent. Eventually, Project Debater will help people reason by providing compelling, evidence-based arguments and limiting the influence of emotion, bias, or ambiguity.
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