One of the most interesting developments during last week’s Tory conference was Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s suggestion that politicians are yet to realise the real impact of the Internet. If I may add, of Web 2.0 applications.
He told the audience that “within five years, ‘truth predictor’ software will ‘hold politicians to account’. Voters will be able to check the probability that apparently factual statements by politicians were actually correct, using programmes that automatically compared claims with historic data“.
If this generation of politicians was created by the television, with the declining trust we have in both traditional media and politics, it is likely that the new rules will be set by the Internet’s users.
Or by Google’s programmers…?