IN THE NEWS: Wired (February 15, 2019)

[From the article “DARPA Wants to Solve Science’s Reproducibility Crisis With AI” by Adam Rogers, published in Wired]
“A Darpa program called Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence—yes, SCORE—aims to assign a “credibility score” … to research findings in the social and behavioral sciences.”
“Darpa has promised $7.6 million to the Center for Open Science, a nonprofit organization that’s leading the charge for reproducibility. COS is going to aggregate a database of 30,000 claims from the social sciences.”
“For 3,000 of those claims, the Center will either attempt to replicate them or subject them to a prediction market—asking human beings to essentially bet on whether the claims would replicate or not.”
“The replication work is an assessment of ground-truth fact,” a final call on whether a study held up or failed, says Tim Errington, director of research at COS. “That’s going to get benchmarked against algorithms.”
“In other words, first you get a database, then you do some human assessment, and then the future machine overlords come in? “I would say ‘machine partners,’” says Adam Russell, an anthropologist and SCORE program manager at Darpa. He’s hoping that the machine-driven “phase II” of the program…will lead to algorithms that will outperform bettors in a prediction market.”
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