Opinion Science

#50: To Persuade is Human?

November 08, 2021 Andy Luttrell Season 3 Episode 10
Opinion Science
#50: To Persuade is Human?
Show Notes

In 2019, IBM introduced the world to Project Debater: an AI system that could go up against humans to debate anything. In this episode, we trace Project Debater’s growth from just an idea to a fully fledged piece of technology and the public debates it’s engaged in. And it raises a bigger question: is persuasion a fundamentally human ability or is it really something that machines are capable of?

We hear from IBM engineer and project leaders Noam Slonim, expert debaters Harish Natarajan, Dan Zafrir, and Noa Ovadia, communication neuroscientist Elisa Baek, and best-selling author Daniel Pink.

To learn more about Project Debater, visit IBM’s Project Debater website and watch this great mini documentary about the system. 


Clips from IBM events were made available by IBM and are licensed creative commons.


For a transcript of this episode, head to: http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/episode/to-persuade-is-human/

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