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Dan Schulz Builds The News Story Bullshit Detector

CAN the bullshit detector detect bullshit in news story? Andrew Phelps looks at Dan Schultz’s red-top robot

[Schultz] wants to embed critical thinking into news the way we embed photos and video today: “I want to bridge the gap between the corpus of facts and the actual media consumption experience.” … The software is being designed to detect words and phrases that show up in PolitiFact’s database, relying on PolitiFact’s researchers for the truth-telling. “It’s not just deciding what’s bullshit. It’s deciding what has been judged,” he said. “In other words, it’s picking out things that somebody identified as being potentially dubious.”

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Posted: 26th, November 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment