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IBM's AI loses to a human debater, but still is persuasive technology

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Feb 11, 2019 10:13 PM 2+ mon ago

IBMs AI loses to a human debater, but still is persuasive technology     - CNET

The tech was "surprisingly charming and human-sounding," and it's about to head out into the real world.

Champion debater Harish Natarajan argues against IBM Debater, represented by a screen with a blue oval, in a competition at the IBM Think conference.

The subject under debate was whether the government should subsidize preschools. But the real question was whether a machine called IBM Debater could out-argue a top-ranked human debater.

Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships, swayed more among an audience of hundreds toward his point of view than the AI-powered IBM Debater did toward its. Humans, at least those equipped with degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities, can still prevail when it comes to the subtleties of knowledge, persuasion and argument.

It wasn't a momentous headline victory like we saw when IBM's Deep Blue computers beat ...

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