Machines fighting with machines is a classic sci-fi storyline. There has long been a fascination with what happens when intelligent machines interact with one another. What if they don’t get along?
My guest today, Taha Yasseri has been studying bots within Wikipedia for over a decade, and found that even when we’re talking about simple bots, sometimes they can get into complex fights. Why do they fight and how? Today on the program, we dig into bots that fight and what it all means for Wikipedia and the larger world of AI in our lives.
When it comes to bringing information to life and presenting it in exciting ways, some of the internet’s most beautiful work has come to us via Mahmoud Hashemi and Owen Cornec. Today on the podcast they join us to talk about their work, including the mind-blowing Listen to Wikipedia and the WikiGalaxy projects; we will hear the how and why behind making something beautiful out of large amounts of data.
Access, outreach, innovation, and communication are among the biggest goals that were discussed at this year’s Wikimania conference in Esino Lario, Italy. Goals that are having impact right now in many different parts of the world, as well as being goals that will help make a better future when it comes to how individuals interact with wikipedia in the years to come.
On today’s program we will hear from wikipedians from several continents who gathered together this summer to work on their projects. These are just a few of the hundreds of talented voices present at this year’s global gathering, Wikimania 2016.
What happens when 1000 wikimedians come stay in a small Italian village high in the mountains? What happens when you combine nature, a global gathering, and the world’s most beloved source of knowledge? This summer, the people of Esino Lario and participants of Wikimania 2016 dared to find out. This is the story of how and why it happenned as well as what the result was.
Note: In Part II of this series we will delve further into questions about Wikidata, Wikipedia and Education, Wikipedia Zero and beyond with even more guests. So subscribe and become a listener of SCB… this would also make Mark very happy.
What happens when Wikipedia becomes part of the curriculum in medical school? Or when doctors and health researchers start publishing their work in open access wiki-based journals? Today on the podcast we hear from pioneers in the areas of medical education and publishing to help understand how the doctor-patient relationship is changing in a very significant way, thanks in large part to wikipedia.
Almost 10 years ago we began to see the founding of creative spaces made up of members who had a common interest in tinkering, creating, and sharing their ideas under one roof. Some of these were known as hacker spaces, others took up titles like Maker Space or Innovation hub. These places generated a modest amount of attention, primarily from the tech community, occasionally from the business community, and often- they were ignored or demonized by national governments. Over the years, more and more spaces emerged, under different names, in different corners of the planet, often thanks to inspiration from another such hub. Occasionally a high profile story from some hub somewhere in the world would get some well deserved attention and of course there would sometimes be an inspiring keynote speech from a hub-trepeneur at a conference. One such conference, now in its tenth year, is Berlin’s very own Re:publica conference, which covers the internet, politics, the media, and society. It was here that a global movement would discover itself, helping transform the lives of its participants as well as people back home, wherever home may be.
Today on the program we scan the travel writing horizon for answers to these questions. With help from veteran travel writer Sean Connolly, and Wikivoyage writers Andrew Wulf and John Perry. Its the travel guide edition, and once you’ve heard it you may never travel the same way again.
Her campaign to add hundreds more women scientists to wikipedia has inspired volunteers and supporters around the world.. their issue: the content gap, especially when it comes to gender. This personal mission turned global movement has also become an institutional concern.. to address the longstanding gap in content about women who have made major contributions to the field of science and well beyond.
We’re minding the gap and cheering for change with Emily Temple-Wood, today on Source Code Berlin.
15 years ago the first article went up on the German edition of Wikipedia and the world has not been the same since! Today on the program we’re celebrating this birthday by speaking with the person who posted that first article, Magnus Manske, who also brought us the software that wiki’s all over the world run on today (Mediawiki). As a bonus, throughout today’s program we will hear great moments in German Wikipedia history complete with my tacky announcer voice.
In an era where digital spaces are essential to almost every area of our lives, one thing that many of us take for granted is the simple but essential ability to type and read in our own native languages. Yet at this moment and since the very beginning of the boom of the internet for all things work and play, there are millions upon millions of people whose languages are not part of this equation.
Today on the program we explore the landscape of languages that are not easily used or found online, despite their importance for the people who use them everyday and we as a global society who may not notice as we lose pieces of who we are as expressed by the diversity of languages in this world.