Project Debater – Can AI be persuasive?
Project Debater is the first AI system developed to compete in a full-live debate with a human debater. The project, an IBM Grand Challenge, is designed to build coherent, convincing speeches on its own, as well as provide rebuttals to the opponent’s main arguments.
In February 2019, Project Debater competed against Harish Natarajan, who holds the world record for most debate victories, in an event held in San Francisco and broadcasted live world-wide. In this talk I will share the story of Project Debater, from conception to a climatic final event, describe its underlying technology, and discuss how it can be leveraged for advancing decision making and critical thinking.