Sub-Genre helped Epic and IBM to strategize the release of their short doc, The Debater. The film premiered at the prestigious CPH:DOX Film Festival, and did a live remote panel, in spite of Covid. The film then premiered on Vox.com
‘The Debater’ follows IBM scientist Noam Slonim and his team in Israel. Prior to becoming a scientist Slonim was writing comedic sitcoms, one of which featured an episode on competitive debating. While eventually the show was cancelled his interest in debating continued, leading him to nominate a debating AI computer as IBM’s next grand challenge. What begins as a quixotic obsession turns into a multi-year research effort where Slonim and his team built an AI that ultimately faced off against a debating champion in San Francisco in February 2019.