In Latest Man vs. Machine, Human Triumphs Over IBM's AI Debater


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The unorthodox contest marked the latest highly marketed man-versus-machine challenge. In 1996, IBM created a computer system that beat a chess grandmaster for the first time. In 2011, its Watson supercomputer defeated two record-winning Jeopardy! contestants. And Alphabet Inc.’s AlphaGo famously proved AI can master the ancient and intricate game of Go. But debating -- which requires creativity and emotive elocution -- has proven more elusive.

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