NIPS 2018 Expo Talk
Dec. 2, 2018
IBM Project Debater
Sponsor: IBM Research AI
Project Debater is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics. Project Debater digests massive texts, constructs a well-structured speech on a given topic, delivers it with clarity and purpose, and rebuts its opponent in a meaningful manner. Eventually, Project Debater will help people reason by providing compelling, evidence-based arguments and better controlling the influence of emotion, bias, or ambiguity.
In this Expo talk we will describe Project Debater, show excerpts from full live debates it conducted with expert human debaters, and discuss the underlying capabilities developed to enable it to conduct a meaningful debate. We will also discuss the unique challenges this AI Grand Challenge brought about, how these help advance research in AI and language understanding, and the implications of this new technology.