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IBM Project Debater
February 11, 2019
IBM Project Debater
Project Debater

At Intelligence Squared U.S., we’ve debated AI before – the risks, the rewards, and whether it can change the world – but for the first time, we’re debating with AI. 

In partnership with IBM, Intelligence Squared U.S. is hosting a unique debate between a world-class champion debater and an AI system. IBM Project Debater is the first AI system designed to debate humans on complex topics using a combination of pioneering research developed by IBM researchers, including: data-driven speechwriting and delivery, listening comprehension, and modeling human dilemmas.

First debuted in a small closed-door event in June 2018, Project Debater will now face its toughest opponent yet in front of its largest-ever audience, with our own John Donvan in the moderator’s seat. The topic will not be revealed to Project Debater and the champion human debater until shortly before the debate begins. 

Post-Debate
Winner

For The Motion
62 %
30 %
Against The Motion
8 %
Undecided
Pre-Debate
For The Motion
79 %
13 %
Against The Motion
8 %
Undecided
Breakdown
For The Motion
1% - Swung From the Against Side
58% - Remained For the For Side
3% - Swung From Undecided
Against The Motion
7% - Remained For the Against Side
19% - Swung From the For Side
4% - Swung From Undecided
Undecided
5% - Swung From the Against Side
2% - Swung From the For Side
1% - Remained Undecided
Post-Debate
Winner

Against the Motion
0 %
0 %
For the Motion
0 %
Undecided
Pre-Debate
Against the Motion
0 %
0 %
For the Motion
0 %
Undecided
Breakdown
Against the Motion
0% - Remained For the Against Side
0% - Swung From the For Side
0% - Swung From Undecided
For the Motion
0% - Swung From the Against Side
0% - Remained For the For Side
0% - Swung From Undecided
Undecided
0% - Swung From the Against Side
0% - Swung From the For Side
0% - Remained Undecided
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Artificial Intelligence You Can Trust
Director of IBM Research Dario Gil discusses the importance of transparency in AI.
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Opening Arguments Cut // Debater & Harish
IBM’s Project Debater and world-class debate champion Harish Natarajan present their opening arguments for and against the motion, “We Should Subsidize Preschool.”
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Debating with Project Debater
Harish Natarajan tells Intelligence Squared U.S. host John Donvan what it was like to debate an AI system.
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The Promise Of AI
Ranit Aharonov, manager of the Project Debater team at IBM Research, discusses the promise of AI and humans working together in the future.
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How Does She Do It?
How does Project Debater work? Noam Slonim, the principal investigator of Project Debater at IBM Research, explains.
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Rebuttal Round Cut // Debater & Harish
Project Debater and Harish Natarajan offer rebuttal remarks in round two of their debate on the motion, “We Should Subsidize Preschool.”
About The Debaters
For The Motion
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IBM Project Debater
IBM’s Project Debater is the first-ever AI system designed to meaningfully engage with humans in a debate. First... read bio
Against The Motion
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Harish Natarajan − Debate Champion & Head of Economic Risk, AKE International
Harish Natarajan, a widely recognized debate champion, was a grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships... read bio
Main Points
For The Motion
Against The Motion