Bloomberg Television and Intelligence Squared U.S. Announce Lineup for Second “That’s Debatable”
Premiering on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 PM
Debating the Motion “A U.S.-China Space Race Is Good for Humanity”: Avi Loeb & Bidushi Bhattacharya vs. Michio Kaku & Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Audiences can join the debate by submitting their arguments at IBM.com/debatable through October 18
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On Friday, November 6 at 7:00 PM ET Bloomberg Television will present the second episode of the new limited series “That’s Debatable,” presented in partnership with Intelligence Squared U.S. and sponsored exclusively by IBM, with an episode debating the motion “A U.S.-China Space Race Is Good for Humanity.” China is ramping up its national space industry with huge investments in next-generation technologies that promise to transform military, economic, and political realities. Could the U.S.-China space race drive innovation, rally public support for science and discovery, and launch humans into the next generation? Or would this competition catalyze an expensive global arms race, militarize space for decades to come, and destroy any hope of international peace and cohesion in the future?
Arguing in favor of the motion “A U.S.-China Space Race Is Good for Humanity” are Harvard physicist and member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House Avi Loeb and rocket scientist Bidushi Bhattacharya, who spent two decades with NASA working on the Hubble Space Telescope and Galileo probe. Arguing against the motion are theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, a co-founder of String Field Theory, and nuclear weapons and space policy expert Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan.
Filmed in front of a live virtual audience, “That’s Debatable” will be conducted in the traditional Oxford-style format with two teams of two subject matter experts debating over four rounds, moderated by veteran Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator John Donvan. The live virtual audience will vote via mobile for or against the motion to determine the winner, to be announced at the conclusion of the program.
“That’s Debatable” also presents some of the first AI-aided debates, designed to demonstrate how AI can be used to bring a larger, more diverse range of voices and opinions to the public square. From now through October 18, audiences can join in the discussion by submitting a short argument for or against the motion at www.ibm.com/debatable.
During the debate, IBM Watson plans to use Key Point Analysis, a new capability in Natural Language Processing (NLP) developed by the same IBM Research team that created Project Debater, which is designed to analyze viewer submitted arguments and provide insight into the global public opinion on each episode’s debate topic.
ARGUING FOR THE MOTION - BIOS
* Abraham Loeb: Theoretical Physicist & Professor
* Bidushi Bhattacharya: Rocket Scientist & Space Entrepreneur
ARGUING AGAINST THE MOTION - BIOS
* Michio Kaku: Theoretical Physicist & Bestselling Author
* Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan: Nuclear Weapons & Space Policy Expert
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October 16, 2020 8:50am ET by Shore Fire Media