IBM Project Debater

Article in the Guardian

By Kenan Malik

The article issues a plea for something that gets inside - sounds like a job for Active Structure.

"And, brilliant though the programming is, it is in these areas that Debater is weakest. It takes sentences from its library of documents and prebuilt arguments and strings them together."

The "programming" is the problem.

"What Hammond is referring to, however, is the question of meaning and meaning is central to what distinguishes the least intelligent of humans from the most intelligent of machines."

Some folk interacted with Eliza, and thought it a human, so "the least intelligent of humans" is a low bar.

"I only make sense of myself insofar as I live in, and relate to, a community of other thinking, feeling, talking beings. The translation of the mechanical brain proc…
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