Intel program spotlights dubious online claims
Intel has launched software that sniffs out questionable claims at websites.
A "Dispute Finder" crafted by Intel researchers in Berkeley, California, for Firefox web browsers alerts Internet surfers to contentions that are contradicted by information elsewhere online.
"The reason this is important is that very often you'll read a website and not realize this is only one side of the story," Intel research scientist Robert Ennals said in an online video.
Dispute Finder automatically highlights text containing contested claims and then links to boxes summarizing points and counter-points. The data base is designed to grow and evolve with user input.
Votes regarding the reliability of information are used to filter dubious data.
Researchers reportedly envision a version of the software that will scan caption information in television programs for specious claims and a mobile device capable of "listening" for questionable comments in conversations.
The mini-program, which works with Firefox web browsers, became available Thursday online at disputefinder.cs.berkeley.edu.
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