IBM computer struggles in Cambridge debate on the dangers of AI
IBM’s fast-talking AI machine was the major attraction of a sell-out debate at Cambridge University on Thursday. But while it might have been responsible for drawing the crowds, it didn’t quite match up to its human counterparts on the debate stage.
Project Debater, as the IBM () machine is known, took part in thedebate at the Cambridge Union featuring both computers and humans. At issue was whether AI will bring more harm than good to the world.
The Cambridge Union counts Theodore Roosevelt, Boris Johnson, Bill Gates and Robert Downey Jr among famous figures it has hosted.
It has been holding debates for more than two centuries, but this is the first contest to feature AI, said society president Rachel Tustin.
“As the oldest debating society in the world, the Union has always aimed to discuss the most topical and significant issues of the time,” Tustin said.
About 500 university students attended Thursday’s debate, hinting at just how controversial the technology is……..read more