I happened to be driving home with doggie when NPR broadcasted the showdown between the world's best human debater and IBM's AI that happened February 19. Oh. My. God. Doggie thought I'd lost my mind sitting in the driveway for an hour. I had. It was blown.
The topic: should preschool be subsidized? She (Miss Debater) was assigned to argue for it, Harish Natarajan (a human) against. Each contestant was given 15 minutes to prepare. Neither was connected to the Internet.
Two minutes into her opener, I was sure our human debater had no chance. She knew too much. She cited studies and could accurately cite facts he never could. Her voice was tuned to be likeable. She had a pretty good sense of humor, she came off as human and relatable.
But there's a reason he holds the world record for most debate wins. He explained how he edged her: by telling emotional personal experiences that were believable because he lived them and she didn't.
She had debated last year, winning one and losing the other. To beat her again, someone is going to have to be very, very good.
I was thinking, I need her in some Cake debates. If IBM makes an API, maybe we can call up Miss Cake Debater and get her opinion on stuff. 💪She'd get lots of clap emojis.