Artificial intelligence is intelligence displayed by machines, in contrast with the natural intelligence exhibited by humans and other animals. In computer science, AI study is described as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that senses its environment and uses actions that maximize its probability of achieving some purpose. Artificial Intelligence can make your arguments productive and meaningful to reach an agreement, said a report.
The Center for Argument Technology located at the University of Dundee is apparently providing tools based on in-house artificial intelligence created for arguments. Chris Reed, director of ARG-tech, describes functioning and making of Artificial Intelligence system his company is selling.
More than ten years ago, ARG-tech changed to the BBC Radio 4 programme, Moral Maze, as an example of “gold-standard” debate: precise, tight argument on emotive, topical effects, with careful and calculated moderation. They formed large “maps” based on every debate that took place on the show, and turned those maps into infographics utilising an algorithm to “define the most central themes.”
ARG-tech’s argument technology first seemed in public on a special edition of Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4 in October. It also allows you to participate in the discussion virtually and sharpen your abilities. The Test, Your Argument page on the BBC’s website, pits you against virtual participants in a particular argument and enables you to make three trials to plead your case and convince others of your unique view.
Another argument-based device is called Debater, which is hosted by ARG-tech. Here, you sit in the middle of a virtual Moral Maze debate occupied by virtual panellists and observers. “Eventually, the goal is not to create a device that can beat us at an argument. Much more interesting is the potential to have A.I. software contribute to the human conversation, recognising types of arguments, critiquing them, allowing alternative views and probing reasons are all things that are now within reach of A.I.,” Reed said.
The Centre for Argument Technology at the University of Dundee is all about exercising and extending hypotheses from philosophy, linguistics and psychology that show us about how humans argue, how they oppose, and how they reach agreement and making those assumptions a starting point for developing artificial intelligence machines that model, recognise, teach and even take part in human discussions.