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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:25 pm

The Internet, we know all too well, is a cesspool of rumor and chicanery.
But in a research paper published by Google in February — and reported over the weekend by New Scientist — that could, at least hypothetically, change. A team of computer scientists at Google has proposed a way to rank search results not by how popular Web pages are, but by their factual accuracy.
To be really clear, this is 100 percent theoretical: It’s a research paper, not a product announcement or anything equally exciting. (Google publishes hundreds of research papers a year.) Still, the fact that a search engine could effectively evaluate  truth, and that Google is actively contemplating that technology, should boggle the brain. After all, truth is a slippery, malleable thing — and grappling with it has traditionally been an exclusively human domain.
Per this recent paper, however, it’s not too difficult for computers to determine whether a given statement is true or false. Basically, to evaluate a stated fact, you only need two things: the fact and a reference work to compare it to. Google already has the beginnings of that reference work, in the form of its Knowledge Graph — the thing that displays “August 15, 1990” when you search “Jennifer Lawrence birthday,” or “American” when you search “Obama nationality.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/03/02/google-has-developed-a-technology-to-tell-whether-facts-on-the-internet-are-true/

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Post by eddie on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:07 pm

How do we know if this article is true fact? lol!

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:17 pm

eddie wrote:How do we know if this article is true fact? lol!

Did you try to google it?


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Post by Original Quill on Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:13 pm

Will there be a separate category or registry for Fox News accuracy?

Fox News, as you may know, seems to have a separate meaning of 'factual accuracy'. Maybe something like Real Truth, and then Fox Truth.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:26 pm

Original Quill wrote:Will there be a separate category or registry for Fox News accuracy?

Fox News, as you may know, seems to have a separate meaning of 'factual accuracy'.  Maybe something like Real Truth, and then Fox Truth.

Facts vs. truthiness Smile

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Post by eddie on Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:37 pm

Brasidas wrote:
eddie wrote:How do we know if this article is true fact? lol!

Did you try to google it?


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