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The "Intelligent" Information Age is sort of cool. The folks at google aggregate all the news that's fit to print in one place. The information is categorized; I can glance at the Madonna headlines (what compels me to glance?) right after devouring the nitty gritty business/technology details. The sources are international (how does the Bombay Times know my UPS deliveryman's name?). The look and feel of the webpage is consistent and gorgeous.

But my love for the site stops there. I want more.

I want to read only the best articles. What do I mean by best? Well for business articles, I mean the ones with the most numbers, the one that details how this event impacts other stocks in the industry. For articles about Madonna, I mean the one with the most pictures. For articles about Linday Lohan, I mean the shortest. For articles about the villian next door, I want to read the local article written by the reporter who first spoke with the chatty, snooping all these years neighbors.

I want the site to juxtapose Bill O'Reily's unsubstantiated rightest drivel with an article written by some equally brazen leftest. That way I can attempt to work through the hyperboles to arrive at some semblance of the truth.

I think this is possible with computers. Ok, I honestly believe anything is possible with computers (I don't care what Turing says. And don't try to use your DFA's and mathematical conjecture to sway the Truth.) I think this is possible with computers today!

Here's how:
Heuristics! (I'm beginning to think Computer Science is the study of heuristics!) One heuristic would be amount of information (numbers, quotes, pictures, links) the article contains. Another might be how long readers view the article and whether or not they look for more articles on the same event. The reader's affinity for the author would be yet another.

What are your impressions of Do you get as upset when you read articles that are too short, too long, too anything?

Any other ideas for how computers can do this? Are there other, better heuristics you can think of?

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    Information Age education
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    Response: superior papers
    Yeah I am having the same feeling about the since the day I checked it. All the news of the folks is now available at the same place which means in less time you get more information out. The business section is really helping me out in setting my business ...

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