Skip to content

Toggle service links

Coronavirus: Please be aware it may take us slightly longer to respond than usual. Find out about our coronavirus response and current contact hours.

You are here

  1. Home
  2. Exploring the use of intelligent chatbots in debates

Exploring the use of intelligent chatbots in debates

GRA 0115, William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, Newark, Delaware.

A research project which will allow people to debate with artificial intelligence chatbots called Argumentation Bots or ArguBots has just received funding.

The OU is the lead research organisation for the Opening Up Minds project and has received £243,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The two-year project, which brings together an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, computational linguists, psychologists and philosophers at the OU, Cambridge, Sheffield and Toshiba Europe, will develop ArguBots for people to debate with on controversial topics such as Should the United Kingdom have remained a member of the European Union? or Should all humans be vegan?

Dr Paul Piwek, OU Senior Lecturer in Computing, said:

“The project will develop a set of Argubots which will allow people to immerse themselves in a Moral Maze style conversation around a controversial topic.

"The project will investigate the impact on people’s appreciation of the complexity of the debate and their ability to pass the Ideological Turing test, that is their ability to view and explain the world from someone else’s point of view.

"The project is rooted in a vision of technology to enhance and amplify people’s ability to engage constructively with different viewpoints on controversial and sensitive topics.”

Find out more about OU research in computing and communications

Contact our news team

For all out of hours enquiries, please telephone +44 (0)7901 515891

Email us

News & articles

Synthetic oblique view across Stieglitz crater (100 km diameter) on Mercury. Image credit  NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution

Traces of enhanced magnetism used to track crater-formation on Mercury

A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters has reported the detection of locally enhanced magnetism, suggestive of unusual iron-rich rocks on Mercury.

25th February 2021
See all