IBM has gained a reputation for creating computers that challenge humans but its latest Project Debater is the first computer that can compete against humans in debate competitions. The goal of the AI is to engage in a series of reasoned arguments within the parameters of standard rules of debate. This means the AI can run without awareness of the debate topic and does not have any pre-recorded responses.
Project Debater was recently shown at a small event in San Francisco, in which it went head-to-head against two humans. While Project Debater lost against its first competitor, Noa Ovadia, it did manage to defeat its second opponent Dan Zafrir. To formulate its argument, Project Debater was given a collection of 300 million news articles and scholarly papers, all of which were previously indexed for quick search results.
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