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Argument Technology for Debating with Humans

By Nature

March 19, 2021

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Scientists at IBM Research AI in Haifa, Israel and Dublin, Ireland have contributed to the development of Project Debater, an artificial intelligence system that can engage with humans in debating contests.

The technology combines new strategies for collecting and interpreting argumentatively relevant material from text with techniques for repairing sentence syntax, which permit the system to use sentence fragments from source materials when presenting its arguments.

These are integrated with pre-prepared data clustered around key themes to provide knowledge, arguments, and counterarguments about various topics, and supplemented with pre-authored text for introducing and structuring presentations during a debate.

Project Debater addresses the problem of acquiring sufficient data to compute an effective solution to a set challenge by narrowing its focus to about 100 topics, and harvesting raw material from large datasets.

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