Friday, October 20, 2006

Now That's Something I'd Like To See...

There's an intriguing little tidbit at the end of this pretty good but a bit too a-pox-on-both-their-houses editorial in the NYT:
The head of Google, Eric Schmidt, is cautioning politicians stuck in the sound-bite era that “truth predictor” software is in the works so that computer-wise voters will be instantaneously able to check on the probability, if not the certainty, of what candidates claim as fact.
I wonder how exactly that would work, both in terms of determination and delivery. Maybe you can just highlight text and then right-click or hover, and the software shows you some kind of "truth rating" for the selected text? But how would it derive the truth rating?

Jeez, if everyone used the internets, this would put the Republicans out of business in a matter of weeks.

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