3:27pm PT by Eriq Gardner
Sony Seeks to Patent Method for Measuring Journalists' Accuracy
We tell no lies. Sony Corporation can test us on this.
On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pending application from Sony Corp. titled, "Veracity Scale for Journalists," credited as being invented by the successful record producer and futurist Albhy Galuten.
There's no precise description of how Sony exactly intends to use its system judging the accuracy of journalists, though there's hints of a digital system forthcoming that will invite registrations and make assessments of a journalist's credibility based on inputs including "the historical value of the work, passive input based on usage behavior, comments by casual observers as well as independent assessment in public fora."
According to the application, the invention comes after Angie's List allowed workers in the home improvement trade to review each others' work, after Trip Advisor allowed tourists to rate lodgings, and after Facebook took a "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" approach to liking things or not.
As thousands of journalists figure out how others in the profession were oh-so-wrong about the 2016 election, Sony steps up with a system for measuring journalistic chops based on potential factors like "current accuracy, historical accuracy, writing style, understandability, bias and relevance to a topic."
There's also discussion in the patent application for displaying a veracity score that could be placed on top of articles. (Maybe also useful for determining which online writers get shield protection. We jest.)
At least according to Wikipedia, Galuten produced many number ones for artists such as The Bee-Gees, Frankie Valli, Barbra Streisand and Kenny Rogers and created the first commercial drum loop in "Stayin' Alive." Galuten is the credited inventor on numerous other patents.
But here's the patent application for a "Veracity Scale for Journalists" because showing is believing.