IBM’s fast-talking AI machine just lost to a human champion in a live debate

People are great at arguing. But a project from IBM shows that computers are getting quite good at it, too.
On Monday, Harish Natarajan, a grand finalist in 2016’s World Debating Championships, faced off against IBM’s Project Debater — a computer touted by the company as the first artificial-intelligence system built to meaningfully debate humans. Natarajan won, but the computer demonstrated the increasingly complex arguments that AI is starting to make.

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