Since 2012 IBM have been trying to make an Artificial Intelligence (AI) debater machine, where man and machine can debate issues and come to more informed decisions
The AI debater machine follows the format of a traditional debate. Both machine and human each present a four-minute opening, followed by a four-minute rebuttal and a two-minute closing statement. The Project Debater does not know the topic beforehand and is not pre-trained on any specific topic
The Debater will then go through all the knowledge stored in its system and find the relevant points and evidence to support or debate the topic
According to the IBM website, Project Debater relies on 3 main skills to create a meaningful debate;
data-driven speech writing and delivery, or the ability to automatically generate a whole speech, reminiscent of an opinion article, and deliver it persuasively
listening comprehension, which is the ability to understand a long spontaneous speech made by the human opponent in order to construct a meaningful rebuttal
the system’s ability to model human dilemmas and form principled arguments made by humans in different debates based on a unique knowledge graph.