Artificial Intelligence system aids logical dialogue around controversial issues

Hitachi is developing an artificial intelligence (AI) system to support logical dialogue, presenting for and against arguments [PDF] related to certain areas of contention. The software takes a topic for debate in areas such as health, economics and public safety, and scans tens of millions of news articles in a matter of seconds to generate reasons in favour and against the idea without bias. In an example demonstration the system was asked whether the casino ban in Japan should be lifted. The programme produced pro-ban arguments such as gambling addiction and crime, and anti-ban considerations including job creation and economic stimulation. The system first establishes the theme of the question and gathers related news articles, before identifying specific paragraphs describing reasons for and against the issue. The software then compiles…


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