An IBM computer debates humans, and wins, in a new, nuanced competition

An IBM computer debates humans, and wins, in a new, nuanced competition. By Stephen Shankland.

We saw computers beat humans at chess in 1997, beat humans at Jeopardy in 2011 and vanquish the world’s best human players of the ancient game of Go in 2017. On Monday, a computer edged out a victory over people in a far more nuanced competition: debate.