On Monday, tech giant IBM launched Project Debater, which is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics.
The new system was launched yesterday at an event held at IBM’s Watson West site in San Francisco.
The AI Supercomputer known as Project Debater pushes the frontiers of AI to facilitate intelligent debate so we can build well-informed arguments and make better decisions.
The company said in a statement that Project Debater digests massive texts, constructs a well-structured speech on a given topic, delivers it with clarity and purpose, and rebuts its opponent.
Eventually, Project Debater will help people reason by providing compelling, evidence-based arguments and IBM said the AI Supercomputer moves us a big step closer to one of the great boundaries in AI: mastering language.
It is the latest in a long line of major AI innovations at IBM, which also include “Deep Blue,” the IBM system that took on chess world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, and IBM Watson, which beat the top human champions on Jeopardy! in 2011.
Project Debater reflects the mission of IBM Research today to develop broad AI that learns across different disciplines to augment human intelligence. AI assistants have become highly useful to us through their ability to conduct sophisticated keyword searches and respond to simple questions or requests (such as “how many ounces in a litre?” or “call Mom”).