IBM and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

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IBM conceded Tuesday its artificial intelligence-powered Project Debater lost a competition to a human debate champion but said the experience was an important milestone in efforts to get computers to master human language. In the first live, public debate before a large, in-person and online audience, the declared winner was Harish Natarajan, who holds the record for most debate competition victories, IBM said in a blog post. In the San Francisco debate on Monday, Project Debater and Natarajan were given 15 minutes to prepare for the debate on the merits of subsidizing preschools. The IBM program argued for subsidies, calling it an important tool for helping the poorest members of society; Natarajan spoke against the idea, saying the subsidy fails to address the root causes of poverty and is a "politically motivated giveaway" to middle-class families. IBM AI fails to beat human debating champion https://t.co/ISgXJm5x4R


IBM's Project Debater AI loses to human challenger

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Champion debater Harish Natarajan argues against IBM Debater, represented by a screen with a blue oval, in a competition at the IBM Think conference. The subject under debate was whether the government should subsidize preschools. But the real question was whether a machine called IBM Debater could out-argue a top-ranked human debater. The answer, on Monday night, was no. Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships, swayed more among an audience of hundreds toward his point of view than the AI-powered IBM Debater did toward its.


Man vs machine: IBM's latest AI system loses to a human in debate but shows vast improvement

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There's been a constant debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how if things go awry, it can pose a threat to mankind. In the battle of arguments, a human has defeated IBM's AI-based debating system. Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist of the 2016 World Debating Championships, engaged in a face-off against a system built to debate with humans. Natarajan defeated IBM Project Debater, which is touted as the'first AI system built to debate'. The competition took place in front of 700 people, including debaters at the Yerba Buena Center, who were asked to vote for either side before and after the debate.


IBM's 'Project Debater' AI Lost to a Human--But Put Up Quite a Fight

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How can you efficiently change someone's mind? The art of debate has always seemed like black magic to me. You're not necessarily arguing for something you believe in--rather, you're carefully dissecting the logic of your opponent's arguments, while appealing to their (or an audience's) emotions and showing your own character. It's a cognitive-emotive venture that seems uniquely human. Earlier this month, I watched in awe as IBM's new AI, Miss Project Debater, faced off against one of the world's leading debate champions.


Now AI-based machines compete with humans in debate competitions - Times of India

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SAN FRANCISCO: Visualise this: A debate competition in which your most formidable opponent is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system machine that argues! If you are dismissing it as a scene from a sci-fi movie, hold on: The first public debate competition between a human and a machine unfolded on Monday at the Yerba Buena Centre for Arts in San Francisco when IBM's Project Debater - an AI technology-based computer that resembled a tall speaker -- faced off with 2016 World Debating Championship grand finalist Harish Natarajan on the topic "We should subsidise preschools". Project Debater, which has been developed over the last eight years by IBM researchers across the globe, including India, has been designed to participate in live debates with human debaters. The AI technology, which sources information from different sources including newspaper reports, is expected to lead to unbiased debates that are backed by data and studies. While IBM's Project Debater argued for the topic, Natarajan countered it.