Will Wikipedia be Written by AI? Jimmy Wales Weighs in on the Possibility
Figure 1. Jimmy Wales Wonders If AI Could Be Next Editor-In-Chief Of Wikipedia — He Has One Problem Though (Gairola, 2023). Retrieved from www.benzinga.com
The idea of an artificial intelligence (AI) writing Wikipedia articles is something that has been discussed for some time now. Founder Jimmy Wales is certainly thinking about it, and the implications of such a move could be huge.
Wikipedia is the world's largest online encyclopedia, with millions of articles written by volunteers. It is a valuable source of knowledge and information, but it can also be subject to inaccuracies or malicious edits. This is why many people are wondering if AI could be used to help improve the accuracy and reliability of Wikipedia articles.
AI technology has come a long way in recent years, and it has already been used to help identify malicious edits on Wikipedia. For example, ORES (Objective Revision Evaluation Service) is an AI service built by the Wikimedia Foundation that helps detect vandalism on Wikipedia pages quickly and accurately.
Figure 2. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales participates in a press conference in 2015. Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/Lightrocket via Getty Images. 5 Things You Didn't Know About Wikipedia (Whitbourne, n.d.). Retrieved from computer.howstuffworks.com
However, using AI to write full articles for Wikipedia would require a much more sophisticated system than what we currently have available. It would need to be able to understand complex topics and generate accurate content without any human input or oversight. This could potentially lead to faster article creation times and more reliable content, but there are still many questions that need to be answered before this becomes a reality.
For instance, how would the AI-generated content be checked for accuracy? Who would be responsible for overseeing the process? And how would copyright issues be handled? These are just some of the questions that need to be addressed before AI-written articles become a reality on Wikipedia.
At this point, it seems unlikely that we will see AI-written articles on Wikipedia anytime soon. But as technology continues to advance, it may become possible in the future – something which founder Jimmy Wales is certainly thinking about.