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by Mike Zazaian October 5, 2006 - 12:43pm, 2 Comments

Google CEO Predicts Internet Truth Serum

In a recent interview with The Financial Times, Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that Google software tools will allow users to assess the validity of statements made by politicians.

According to Schmidt the software would check statements and facts against a database of historical data to see whether or not it’s correct. One of my messages to them (politicians) is to think about having every one of your voters online all the time, then inputting ‘is this true or false,’ said Schmidt in the interview. We (at Google) are not in charge of truth but we might be able to give a probability.

Of course the problem with such software is the subjectivity of truth. While programming may hinge around the ones and zeroes of binary, but there’s often more to a statement than pure truth or pure falsity. How exactly Google plans to integrate a truth detector into the software remains to be seen, but the genesis of the software should instigate a significant change in the way voters accept statements made by politicians. In turn, such software would likely force politicians to be more truthful and straight-forward with voters, brightening the current state of our political climate.

Added Schmidt, It (the internet) has broken down the barriers that exist between people and information, effectively democratizing access to human knowledge. This has made us much more powerful as individuals.

[via The Financial Times]