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Wikipedia for robots

An article in USA Today announced a European-funded project called RoboEarth that is designed to give robots a mechanism by which to access information to dispense. The project is backed by five technical universities in Europe who recently met in the Netherlands.

The scientists and programmers involved hope that this is only the beginning of a bright future for artificial intelligences manifested through robots. Who knows, will robots some day write the rest of Wikipedia for us?

Wikipedia: a temperamental teenager

Several articles this week noted that Wikipedia is now 13 years old. One, from, opined that Wikipedia has "reshaped the knowledge industry". The article noted that one of Wikipedia's de facto competitors, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, has made changes due to Wikipedia, including a 2005 report from Nature that asserted Wikipedia is almost as reliable as Britannica in terms of accuracy despite the encyclopedias' different methods of publication—crowdsourcing for Wikipedia, and top scholars with rigorous review processes for Britannica. Jay Walsh, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), noted that, in the opinion of WMF, "In a nutshell, our biggest challenge in 2014, the 13th year of Wikipedia, is: How do we continue to grow that community of global editors?" He went on to say, "How do we sustain that growth, and how do we support the people who are editing Wikipedia today?" The article concluded by wondering what Wikipedia's future holds:

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  • I'm sure I read an article somewhere that said that Mick Jagger has no plans to write an autobiography, as he says that it's all on his Wikipedia article. Miyagawa (talk) 11:22, 25 January 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  • " do we support the people who are editing Wikipedia today?" Reward them with some money, maybe? Could you imagine how the NFL would do if they just paid their coaches, officials, team doctors and front-office people. How would that work? Oh, it's called NCAA. So why should we be surprised when scandals keep erupting over college players getting secretly paid? I feel sorry for young people who have to moonlight to pay off their student loans. Perhaps a good way to discourage and limit black-hat editing is to start rewarding white-hat editing. Wbm1058 (talk) 00:01, 27 January 2014 (UTC)[reply]


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