One billion dollars, judiciously invested, is an income of present-day
value around 20 to 30 million dollars a year for ever.  That would buy any
of the following

* One reasonably expensive book per month for every one of the 30,000 most
active content contributors for ever
* 300 full-time permanent employees -- programmers, fact-checkers,
old-style editors, translators, innovators, researchers
* 200 ongoing Ph.D-level research projects in data science, knowledge
management, knowledge delivery, artificial intelligence, machine translation
* Fully-paid bursaries to Wikimania every year for ten people from each of
the 250 largest projects;
* JSTOR subscription for ever for the 30,000 most active content
* Local travel bursaries to Wikimedia meetups and conferences for everyone
who ever contributes to the project;


On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 4:51 AM, James Salsman <> wrote:

> On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 1:19 AM, FRED BAUDER <>
> wrote:
> > I think we could hire professional fact checkers and target articles that
> > have gotten off track. I don't think a great deal of money would be
> > necessary to set an example, and illustrate some of our notorious
> problems.
> This is what the AROWF system from last year's Google Summer of code was
> supposed to show how to support:
> <>This
> year the CMUSphinx project is building an interactive voice-response
> computer-aided instruction system which teaches people how to use the AROWF
> system (and in the process tries to teach how to resolve NPOV disputes, out
> of date statements, and a few other backlog categories it tracks) while at
> the same time remediating spoken English pronunciation. I am currently
> consulting at a company in Beijing which has 23 million customers in
> China's K-6 public schools, They have offered to help collect some of the
> data required to build this system, and the GSoC student assigned to it has
> been doing pretty well.
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