Watch IBM's latest AI system challenge a human champion debater

IBM machine to face human debating champion

IBM machine to face human debating champion

Aya Soffer, the vice president of A.I. technology for IBM, noted that while this may seem unfair it should be taken into account that the human that the A.I.is debating "has learned all his life".

Gil noted prior to the debate kicking off that the machine was never going to be flawless.

"What struck me was the potential value for Debater because of the amount of knowledge it can grasp", he said during the onstage interview afterward.

The IBM Debater system was trained on 10 billion sentences in hundreds of millions of articles from various prominent newspapers and magazines.

"It needs to pinpoint these little pieces of text that are relevant to the topic, that are argumentative in nature, that hopefully support our side of the debate, and then somehow glue them together into a meaningful argument, which is very hard for a machine to do". He added that the AI's arguments were "nicely phrased and contextualized", and that it could be "quite powerful" when used by humans.

That's IBM's hope for the future of the technology. There was a silver lining for the bot: in a post-debate poll, nearly 60 percent of the audience said Project Debater had enriched their knowledge on the subject, with Natarajan's corresponding rate only 20 percent. In 2011, its Watson supercomputer defeated two record-winning "Jeopardy!" contestants. By the end of the event, 62 per cent of the audience agreed and 30 per cent disagreed.

"If you think about grand challenges in the past around AI, these were often cases where there was a factual question and a clear victor [and right and wrong answer]", she said. It argued, among other things, that subsidized preschool can help break the poverty cycle. Since then, IBM has been working on to improve Project Debater's rebutting skills. It comes two decades after IBM's Deep Blue went head to head with chess champion Garry Kasparov in the mid-1990s, and a few years after Google's DeepMind competed against the world's best Go players.

"Debate is out of the comfort zone of AI", said Slonim in an interview before the event.

"Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam said in 1973, 'Preschool is the greatest single aid in removing or modifying the inequalities of background, environment, family income or family nationality", Project Debater told the audience during its opening remarks, borrowing from a 1972 speech.

Held at the Yerba Buena center, in San Francisco, the debate was organized by Intelligence Squared US, a non-profit specializing in hosting debates.

The demonstration came the same day that President Trump signed an executive order aimed at expanding the development of AI in the United States, although the order was short on details.

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