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Tech Reference August 2, 2004

The Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that can be added to or modified by anyone with an Internet connection. It's been around since 2001, but the site has lately achieved an impressive momentum, going from 200,000 to 300,000 articles in the span of six months. I liken the experience of periodically checking in on the Wikipedia as seeing a petri dish of bacteria one day and coming back a few weeks later to find a symphony orchestra playing Beethoven's 3rd. One can't help but wonder when the knowledge contained in the multi-language Wikipedia will outstrip the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Another conundrum: How does an open resource fight off vandals who want to spread disinformation? How do they ensure accuracy? I don't know! It's magic. (Of course, the Wikipedia itself has both answers.) In the end, you don't have to ponder the big questions to enjoy the Wikipedia. You can just check out minutiae like "all your base are belong to us" or learn more about ring-tailed lemurs.

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