MEET Project Debater

WHY?

Debating has always seemed to be a human-exclusive activity to participate in. Who else could challenge another person to a talking contest? A computer scientist from IBM, Noam Slonim, earned the opportunity to lead the development of Project Debater to follow up IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy. Project Debater was created with the sole purpose of winning debates. This task combines tactile elements of winning a video game and real life nuances that are necessary to successfully persuade another human. After some high-profile debates against world-class debaters, this AI has held a mirror up to human strategies and is pushing itself and us to constantly improve how we view the very nature of debates.