A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

They're already here.



LONDON (Reuters) - Imagine being able to check instantly whether or not statements made by politicians were correct. That is the sort of service Google Inc. boss Eric Schmidt believes the Internet will offer within five years.

Politicians have yet to appreciate the impact of the online world, which will also affect the outcome of elections, Schmidt said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday.

He predicted that "truth predictor" software would, within five years, "hold politicians to account." People would be able to use programs to check seemingly factual statements against historical data to see to see if they were correct.”

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"The Internet has largely filled a role of funding for politicians ... but it has not yet affected elections. It clearly will," Schmidt said.


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Truth Detectors that can hold politicians to account? They're already here. And here. And here. And here.

Who needs google for the truth when you have bloggers?

(h/t: Drudge)

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Sorry for the repeated edits, I was having problems with blogger. Text should be fine now.
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