Wikipedia deploys ‘X-ray specs’ artificial intelligence to fight vandalism

Wikipedia has rolled out an artificial intelligence (AI) service capable of identifying damaging edits to the online encyclopedia. The Objective Revision Evaluation Service (ORES) will be used to monitor up to 500,000 edits that are made to Wikipedia articles every day, calling attention to the edits that are considered “vandalism”. The AI engine is designed to improve the quality of Wikipedia, while at the same time encouraging more people to volunteer as editors. “The Objective Revision Evaluation Service (ORES) functions like a pair of X-ray specs, the toy hyped in novelty shops and the back of comic books – but these specs actually work to highlight potentially damaging edits for editors,” Aaron Halfaker, a senior research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation, wrote in a blogpost explaining the technology. “This allows…


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