November 13, 2012

UK's Starbucks Porn Debate & Web Filtering

Cory Doctorow, The Guardian

AP Photo

In order to filter out adult content on the internet, a company has to either look at all the pages on the internet and find the bad ones, or write a piece of software that can examine a page on the wire and decide, algorithmically, whether it is inappropriate for children. Neither of these strategies are even remotely feasible. To filter content automatically and accurately would require software capable of making human judgments – working artificial intelligence, the province of science fiction.

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TAGGED: privacy, internet


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