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.

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Noam Slonim

IBM Haifa Research Lab

Dr. Noam Slonim was born and still lives in Jerusalem. He has a PhD from the Hebrew University in Brain Science and did his Post-Doc at Princeton. In 2007 he joined IBM Research. He was project debater for the AI Grand Challenge at IBM Research in 2011, and has served as principal investigator of the project since then. Dr. Slonim co-authored around 60 peer reviewed articles, focusing on the last few years on advancing the rapidly emerging field of Computational Argumentation. Coincidentally, or not, in a sitcom he co-created back in 1998, the last episode was focused on competitive debates. Dr. Noam Slonim is married and father to two boys and one girl.

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