In just a few weeks, more than 2500 passionate and informed arguments for or against further development of self-driven vehicles were collected.
This allowed for the first time to test on an urban scale Project Debater – Speech by Crowd, IBM Research’s innovative Artificial Intelligence system developed in laboratories in Haifa, Israel – capable of processing human thought in a high-performance way.
During the Digital Day Lugano 2019 on September 3, Alessandro Curioni – vice-president of IBM Research Europe and Africa and director of the IBM research laboratory in Zurich – presented to a curious and attentive audience the results of the experiment, which went beyond expectations both for the large number of participants and for the quality of the content proposed by the participants.
This innovative experiment – conducted in collaboration between the public and private sectors – took place between mid-August and the beginning of September.
In everyday life, people are used to formulate their point of view on a topic by referring mainly to their own experience. The hope is that Artificial Intelligence can help people to consider new ideas and think about situations from new angles. The aim is therefore to help people make more reasoned decisions, supported by convincing and evidence-based arguments, while limiting the influence of emotions, preconceptions or ambiguities.
But who “won” in the end? Actually it was not a race, however for the curious, Speech by Crowd recorded a clear majority of arguments in favour of further development of self-guided vehicles, about 7 out of 10 participants, with different motivations, expressed themselves positively on the possible applications of self-guided vehicles.
The documents produced by Speech by Crowd, which can be consulted on this page, provide an objective and impartial summary of a complex topic, both for and against.