This article from The Register is more evidence of the necessity for serious HUMAN control over at Wikipedia. After I checked out all the links from the article to wikipedia, I was dumbfounded.
Wikipedia is supposed to be a collectivist repository of knowledge, but the moderators have become so overwhelmed with duties and power that they are regulating their daily activities to the machines themselves...thereby alleviating themselves from a primary function, to think. In fact, the bot that Betacommand created on Wikipedia utilized the files created by humans to restrict human thought and behavior, the total antithesis of Wikipedia and academia.The sysop bot was editing Wikipedia and deleting members at breakneck rates. Their monitoring system did work to catch and eliminate the bot, but what is being done to correct any errors in judgment it may have had? Can they even determine what errors were made?
In the midst of all this, we are being repeatedly told by Jimmy Wales that academia NEEDS wikipedia, much like the military was told they NEEDED Skynet in the Terminator trilogy. I'm sorry, but I believe that people should think and computers should simply be tools.
I have one question for Tango.....if I write a bot, and that bot creates a script to create another bot, can the bot implement the new bot? And can you have Essjay [or the resident Essjay bot] get back to me on that?