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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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As you browse the web, a browser plugin would read your
It runs these words through an algorithm that assess the
article for logical fallacies, as well as the persuasive
tactics used in the article.
The user is automatically alerted to these dodgy wording
via underlines for certain
weasel words, or for obviously
incorrect numbers or statistics (right clicking will show a
"Does the author actually mean this? Collateral Damage -
Civilians Killed" message).
In addition it provides a summerization function to more
easily extract key ideas from the article, and remove all
the extra fluff (usually for trying to persuade or mislead
the reader). E.g. an entire article that sounds like its for
something is found to actually mean something else by
In theory a scientific will have minimum alerts, while a
typical tabloid article will throw up massive amount of
This eventually perfected, will act as a stupid filter for
consumers to see pass useless informations from 'news'
orgs like fox news, as well as politicians. And hopefully
allows the common citizen to vote smartly.
Because surely while we are getting more information...
the SNR(Signal to Noise Ratio) of the news we are
getting is probably getting
smaller. Its not the people that is getting dumber, its
information diet! (especially if the easy source of
information is controlled by too few individuals with
[Voice, May 26 2014]
Give kids something to do
[FlyingToaster, Jun 07 2014]
||what [pertinax] will say.
||ok. But are you sure this is not newspeak? +
||//In addition it provides a summerization function//
||This is exactly what we need. Barbecues, picnics,
||Nice idea, but within seconds SEO companies will be
offering their services to help news organizations
game the system.
||We already have a computer quite capable of doing these analyses - it's called the human brain.
||The problem is that the software is not universally installed.
||This is an educational problem, not a technological one.
||Automatic Sumerization - Google Translate into
||Although I sympathize with your indignation, [Akimbomidget], this idea confuses several different problems, and does not provide a solution to any of them. [-]