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> In a way, what Leck has created is a pro-active search engine: it answers twitter users who aren't even aware of their own ignorance.

On the one hand the idea of a reverse search engine is somewhat appealing, on the other hand; it's Clippy for the internet.

""" I see you're trying to deny global warming. Would you like to:

  1. research the available facts and science?

  2. Have an authority figure you trust tell you, you're wrong?

  3. Meet other like-minded singles?
"""



This is the funniest thing I've ever read on HN. - Signed, the guy who wrote the original piece for TR

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Thanks. Although I was riffing off a long tradition of geeky humor ripping on clippy.

On a more serious note; a marketing service that put it's customers brands in front of people who didn't yet know that those products were what they were looking for would be an awesome startup from a business perspective and a somewhat creepy one from a human perspective.

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Isn't that how a lot of internet advertising works anyway?

e.g. You're talking about medical condition X, therefore I shall try to sell you drug Y even if you don't mention Y or drugs at all in your search terms/blog post/etc. And I don't care if you even knew that drugs for X existed.

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Looking at it now, it seems I described Google AdSense fairly well. Although I was thinking more along the lines of something that would insert itself into your social interactions, like Twitter sponsored tweets.

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Do you have scientific evidence in 140 or less characters to back that claim up? -Bot

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I see you're trying to break the tenets of science. Would you like to: 1. Learn why argument from authority is a fallacy? 2. See a list of 800 peer reviewed papers supporting skeptics? 3. Meet like-(non)-minded members who use stone age reasoning?

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everything this bot links to is a fucking Youtube! video. They seem to think all the skeptics are from illiterate ADD iGeneration. I don't have time to sit through a bunch of blipverts.

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No, no, no. #3 is supposed to be "Profit!", and not an explanation of how you profit!

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Please, let him be creative.

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