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IBM AI Project Challenges Champion Debater In Public, Live Debate

Live Webcast to Showcase Project Debater Technical Advancements in Natural Language Processing and Computational Argumentation
FEBRUARY 11, 5:00 p.m. PST; 8:00 p.m. EST
Feb 11, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2019, /PRNewswire/ -- Join IBM (NYSE: IBM) as we advance one of the great boundaries in AI: mastering language. Based on pioneering research in natural language processing and deep learning, IBM Project Debater is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics and will take on its grandest challenge yet.

On Monday Project Debater will face a champion debater in front of a live audience in San Francisco. In this first-ever public debate, neither the AI nor its opponent will train on the topic of the debate in advance, leaving the audience to decide which debater was most persuasive.  

What: Project Debater Live Debate

When: Monday, Feb. 11 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST

Where: Live webcast will be available at:

In addition to watching the full live debate, you'll also hear from the scientists behind the technology, as they share details on the work that went into creating the system, which has been published in more than 30 research papers and produced nearly a dozen patents. John Donvan, four-time Emmy Award-winner and host of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series, will moderate the session. More details on debate logistics and the technology behind the system can be found on the IBM Research Blog.

To learn more about IBM Project Debater, visit:

During the course of Think 2019, which spans most of the week of Feb. 11, IBM will outline client engagements, partnerships, technology breakthroughs and developer tools that underscore how IBM and partners are changing the way the world works.  Follow the conference on Twitter at #think2019 and @ibmlive, and go to for the full schedule and social media updates.


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IBM Communications
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