DARPA Wants to Build a BS Detector for Science


From Wired: A new grant from DARPA will fund research into ways to determine which research from the social and behavioral sciences is credible, and which has flawed methodology or makes unsubstantiated claims.

“Even for Darpa, that’s a big ask. The [Department of Defense] has plenty of good reasons to want to know what social science to believe. But plenty more is at stake here. Darpa’s asking for a system that can solve one of the most urgent philosophical problems of our time: How do you know what’s true when science, the news, and social media all struggle with errors, advertising, propaganda, and lies?”

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