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Jimmy Wales on Capturing Bias In the Age of AI

June 29, 2021
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According to its founder, Wikipedia is not relying on artificial intelligence to check its community-created content for bias.  

A 2013 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia. 

In a recent interview with Forbes, Wales acknowledged that while artificial intelligence training often picks up human biases in other areas, those efforts are not being pursued at Wikipedia when it comes to editing. 

“In terms of us using AI, like right now, it's very minimal,” he said. “We have a tool that through machine learning looks at incoming edits to try to identify problematic edits. But that's in a very, very crude and simple fashion. It's pretty good at identifying things like, someone has replaced the entire article with one-word... deep learning tells you that's going to get reverted very quickly.”