SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] On Evangelism, and How it
Re: [Sigia-l] On Evangelism, and How it Affects Enterprise
From: Eric Scheid (eric.scheid_at_ironclad.net.au)
Date: Fri Sep 27 2002 - 00:11:55 EDT
From: Andrew McNaughton <andrew_at_scoop.co.nz> (27/9/02 1:05 PM)
>> > It seems clear to me that this is an important story in light of the
>> > discussion of weapons of mass destruction, but something like what google
>> > built is not going to identify this as important.
>> No, it will if human editors (as you claim) would do so.
>It will if human editors uniformly do so. Some proportion of human
>editors will pick this up as a central issue. Google never will.
Not entirely true. I cannot speak for what google current algorithms are,
but I can easily imagine them using an algorithm that develops a memory
of past recommendations, identifies sources that lead with a story before
other sites do, and adds weight to any stories found there ...
particularly if that story also appears on another 'breaking news' site.
It's just another pattern to be detected, albeit a more sophisticated one.
The fear of homogenisation is entirely valid though. I trust Google to do
more than a simple search engine, and I trust them to develop interesting
algorithms in detecting emerging news.
knock on wood.
eric_at_ironclad.net.au i r o n c l a d n e t w o r k s
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