AI chatbots beat humans at persuading their opponents in debates

    AIs may be able to persuade us to change our views

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    AI chatbots are much better than humans at convincing us to agree with one side of a debate – even when people realise they are conversing with a machine.

    Manoel Horta Ribeiro at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and his colleagues asked 820 volunteers to fill out a brief questionnaire including personal information about themselves. The participants were split into four groups: two that debated with a human and two that debated with a chatbot powered by…

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