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What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

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  • This is deeply unsettling. I did not know that AI had been developed to this extent.

  • Amazing stuff

  • I’d love to see Project Debater to show up at Presidential debates and chimes in as the real-time Facts Checker.

  • AI technology might be useful for educational purposes or for preparing for a debate on topics that have already been heavily debated, but I wouldn't want to see this be used for a something like a live Presidential election debate or courtroom discourse. The scary thing about this technology is that the delivery is real-time and has such a natural flow and professional tone to it that it sounded confident, logical and believable. If this technology were to be able to pick up bias, spin or outright

    AI technology might be useful for educational purposes or for preparing for a debate on topics that have already been heavily debated, but I wouldn't want to see this be used for a something like a live Presidential election debate or courtroom discourse. The scary thing about this technology is that the delivery is real-time and has such a natural flow and professional tone to it that it sounded confident, logical and believable. If this technology were to be able to pick up bias, spin or outright false illogical arguments, those would likely sound convincing, too. Depending on how such a technology is programmed and how it evolves and where and how it is deployed will determine its true value. As a teaching or learning aid, this could be super valuable. But, as a human replacement, I foresee a lot of potential for intentional misuse and unintended consequences.

  • Project Debater, unintentionally, would make a good politician. It vehemently argues points that it understands and has confident answers for and it wiggles away from issues it doesn’t understand. Whether Project Debater is the AI equivalent of a human high school debater who happens to have an in-depth, database like memory of things or is less advanced, I’m quite sure it is far more intellectually competent and morally conscious then our artificial yet unintelligent resident in the White House.

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