AI Tool Can Now Update Outdated Wikipedia Content

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Researchers, advocates, and editors find it quite challenging to keep a check on the quality of Wikipedia articles continuously, and why they won’t, it’s no doubt a very tedious task. Wikipedia being open to collaborative and anonymous editing requires continuous updating and monitoring of edits in its several articles. Marketers perceive Wikipedia as an efficient marketing tool bound to boost their page rankings in Google’s search engines, enhance visibility, and beef up credibility. Without landing a page on this prestigious website, a business can barely gain recognition in its respective industry. 

When professional Wikipedia writing services submit their content on Wikipedia for it to go live and get published, editors from all over the world have free access to make amendments in the content. Now, you must be wondering how that is favorable for you. Anyone from any part of the world can make changes in the content according to their perceptions, opinions, and judgment. Anyone can freely add any negative, defamatory, or biased opinions regarding your content, which will, in return, pose a threat to your page, enabling your audience to disapprove of it. But, fortunately, not everyone is aware of the fact that Wikipedia follows strict authoritarian and editorial guidelines. Any negative comment made to it is deleted immediately, as Wikipedia keeps a check on each article and edits being made to it very carefully.

With over 572 articles published on this site on an average per day and over 1.8 edits being made on it per second, many articles and edits go unnoticed. Moreover, with strict monitoring, Wikipedia also supports continuous content updates, outdated or old content has no space here on this platform. That sounds like a lot of work. Well, it is. As I mentioned earlier, Wikipedia fails to do its job. It’s a volunteer-run project where many edits go unnoticed for days, weeks, months, or even years. But not anymore, by virtue of advanced technology and the era digital era we are living in, this problem will be solved in a jiffy!

I am talking about a remarkable invention known as Artificial Intelligence (AI). I am sure you all must have heard about it. MIT developers, with the help of AI technology, have developed a system that specializes in updating faulty, inconsistent data in Wikipedia articles. This system helps researchers to save time spent on each article by carefully structuring all relevant information in a single sentence with precision and accuracy. It does so by maintaining a human-like tone and grammar.

Why is it Beneficial?

The researchers were clever to utilize two different databases by combining both structured sentences and relevant Wikipedia sentences, so it becomes easier for the AI system to understand. As a result, the system can easily identify the unessential information and rewrite it without much human intervention. This saves up a lot of time and effort and allows people to focus on other crucial aspects of the business, while AI takes care of this issue. So, when you think about it, I would say it’s a banger of technology, and any business that fails to leverage from it is being idiotic.

MIT researchers have invested a considerable amount of time and financial resources in developing this system. They aim towards promoting efficiency and more flexibility through this system. A Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have said, “There are so many updates constantly needed to edit Wikipedia articles. It would be beneficial to automatically modify exact portions of the articles, with little to no human intervention,”

He also believed that this system would bring quite the change as it eliminates the need for hundreds of people working on the same article as everything gets done automatically. Such a practice will surely help businesses to focus on more crucial aspects that require immediate concern no matter what. Even though there are many bots available to do this job on Wikipedia, but all of these bots are programmed to become task-specific. They perform functions like dropping relevant info in a given template or minimizing vandalism that plays a major role in creating misleading content.

Even though this system is in its testing phases, but it still has been able to score four out of five for accuracy and three-and-a-half out of five for grammar accuracy. Given its ability to effectively point out inconsistent data and replace it with factual news, unbiased information while adhering to all Wikipedia guidelines, it is one heck of a tool to assist editors with getting rid of fake news.

Wrap up

Wikipedia possesses a tremendous amount of potential to take your business to the sky. It’s considered as one of the most reliable forms of the online encyclopedia, providing factual information to a non-expert audience. Being open to free and collaborative editing, some people perceive Wikipedia not to be reliable because of its open nature. But there is no need to worry about anything, as this new system developed with the help of AI technology takes care of all inconsistencies made by editors during their edits. Thus, if you are still unsure whether you should use Wikipedia or not, read this blog thoroughly!


About the Author:

Oscar is a passionate digital marketer who has discovered the importance of content in the online world. Currently he is working as the lead of his content team in Wikipedia LLC. Apart from being a professional Wikipedia content producer, he is a book worm who loves to read day in night out.