I’m the principal research scientist at the nonprofit behind Wikipedia. I study AIs and community dynamics. AMA!
I’m here today to talk about the work I do with wiki knowledge communities. I study the work patterns of the volunteers who build Wikipedia and I build artificial intelligences and other tools to support them. I’ve studying how crowds of volunteers build massive, high quality information resources like Wikipedia for over ten years.
A little background about me: I have a PhD degree in computer science from the Grouplens Research lab at the University of Minnesota. I research the design technologies that make it easier to spot vandalism and support goodfaith newcomers in Wikipedia. I think a lot about the dynamics between communities and new users—and ways to make communities inviting.
I’m very excited to be doing an AMA today and sharing more details about how Wikipedia functions, how the community scaled their process to handle an internet’s worth of contribution and how we can use artificial intelligence to support open knowledge production work.
I’ll try to answer any questions you have about community dynamics, the ethics of AI and how we think about artificial intelligence on Wikipedia, and ways we’re working to counteract vandalism on the world’s largest crowdsourced source of knowledge. One of the nice things about working at Wikipedia is that we make almost all of our work public, so if you’re interested in learning more about this stuff, you can read about the team I run or the activities of the larger research team.
Edit 1: I confirm that I work with this /u/Ladsgroup_Wiki guy. He's awesome. :)
Edit 2: Alright folks, it's been a great time. Thanks for asking some great questions and engaging some awesome discussion. I've got to go do some other things with my evening now, but I'll be back tomorrow morning (16 hours or so from now) to answer any more questions that come in. o/
Edit 3: I've been coming back periodically to answer questions, so feel free to keep asking and I'll get back to you when I can :)