Knowledge-Based Trust vs. Truthiness"That's really scary to think about on this weekend."
Was this Fox News reporter talking about her concerns around climate change? Nope, she's worrying about how Google's latest Knowledge-Based Trust research will affect the battle between facts and truthiness.
What's interesting is that when you read the actual research paper (http://goo.gl/13krAS
), one of the examples that the Google researchers use is actually the birthplace of President Obama, using it to show "Kenya" as an incorrect answer, while "U.S." is correct. Yep. Not truthiness, but truth.
Might we be headed to a very different version of the web, where it's no longer “Let the public decide what’s the truth” and we start building in better accountability structures for facts and truth? I hope so.
Yes, Peter Parker's uncle Ben got it right when he noted that "with great power comes great responsibility." And that will be very much true when (not if) Google rolls out these new capabilities in Search, but personally, I'm quite excited at the prospect and the destabilization of truthiness that we've learned to accept as modern reality.
Thanks to +Karen Peck
and +Robert T. Best
for catching this one.
Some background on the Knowledge Graph and Knowledge Vault and Google's efforts to automate the extraction of knowledge: http://www.the-vital-edge.com/knowledge-and-artificial-intelligence/