The nominating institute IBM HRL on the breakthrough:

Project Debater is the first and so far only AI system that can debate humans on complex topics. It is a prominent project in the emerging field called Computational Argumentation. The ultimate goal is to redefine how humans take decisions, reducing bias and carefully considering arguments. Arguments are based on evidence, constructed with perspective and delivered persuasively. This is poignant in our current period of “fake” and biased data, and echo chamber many use to consume news.

Tags: Artificial Intelligence.