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It was sometime back that I realized what we are synthesizing here (possibly) is an archive for an expert system. Put the Physics Stack Exchange together with an AI machine and you have a super-physicist. The same might be said of other Stack areas, knowledge bases.

What will the stack eventually become? Are there longer term goals than to just ask/answer questions?

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    $\begingroup$ Related: meta.physics.stackexchange.com/q/1096/2451 , meta.physics.stackexchange.com/q/5173/2451 $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Oct 26 '15 at 23:01
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    $\begingroup$ world domination! Just like Skynet:P $\endgroup$ – user36790 Oct 28 '15 at 2:17
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    $\begingroup$ "Put the Physics Stack Exchange together with an AI machine and you have a super-physicist." Really? I'm not convinced. $\endgroup$ – Alfred Centauri Oct 31 '15 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ Like what @Dirk Bruere said, we already have one from @Qmechanic! :) $\endgroup$ – Asker123 Nov 4 '15 at 2:57
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    $\begingroup$ Some very capable but controversial people have left the site. Personally, I'm more active on SO, and some of my posts are either very controversial or simply not understood, in spite of my efforts to explain. Some people need a thick skin to stay on sites like this, though it is a "society" of sorts. It's kind of boring when I get no comments, even if they're negative. BTW, I got a PhD in AI, and you have more faith in it than I do. It's kinda rested on its laurels the last 2-3 decades, Siri/Google notwithstanding. $\endgroup$ – Mike Dunlavey Nov 4 '15 at 22:11
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Eventually what it will become is a place where anyone who asks any question will be referred to a previous answer before their question is closed down.

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    $\begingroup$ That is an interesting perspective, but it suggests that there will be a point that physics will not have anything new to discover & I'm not quite willing to concede that point. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Oct 27 '15 at 18:17
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    $\begingroup$ A fool can ask more questions than ten wise men can answer... $\endgroup$ – Floris Oct 27 '15 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Dirk Bruere: Ironically, this may happen to this meta post itself. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Oct 27 '15 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Floris Isn't that why they call them fools? (See another question ) $\endgroup$ – docscience Oct 27 '15 at 21:50
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    $\begingroup$ Seriously I see allot of value in the sense we are collectively building an immense data base. $\endgroup$ – docscience Oct 27 '15 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ Mind you that Stack Exchange has quite a lead on us in the total number of questions asked and they haven't reach that asymptote yet. Could take a while. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Oct 28 '15 at 2:59
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, thought experiment might suggest that. But on stack overflow, we have a question about someone's AJAX request not sending data to PHP script every few hours. So nope, this is not going to happen. $\endgroup$ – Tomáš Zato Oct 31 '15 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos: Although the cutting edge physics questions are not posed by amateurs but rather people with a stronger background than 99% of the user-base. So the only thing that's left is clarification questions about confusing news-articles about new physics. $\endgroup$ – Nikolaj-K Nov 21 '15 at 16:55
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Humans will cease to exist within a few generations, they'll be replaced by machines. It's likely that our civilization will give rise to one superintelligence, all knowledge acquired by us will be absorbed by it. Digital records are then more useful than paper records, so the files stored on servers containing the contents of this site may make it into the brains of this superintelligence. A lot of the content will likely be interpreted as examples of how primitive biological beings approach physics problems.

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    $\begingroup$ So then food for the gods $\endgroup$ – docscience Oct 27 '15 at 21:47
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    $\begingroup$ Is this a joke? $\endgroup$ – Danu Oct 27 '15 at 22:14
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    $\begingroup$ bbc.com/news/technology-30290540 It's better to just accept the inevitable, work on the basis of realistic assumptions. We are not going to be around for very long, whatever we write here will only be read by humans for a few generations and then it will be accessible for potentially billions of years to machine civilizations. $\endgroup$ – Count Iblis Oct 27 '15 at 22:49
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, let's all take the opinion of someone who's seen Terminator one too many times. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Oct 27 '15 at 23:34
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    $\begingroup$ We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. :P $\endgroup$ – udrv Oct 28 '15 at 6:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Danu I thought the original question is a joke as well. $\endgroup$ – Tomáš Zato Oct 31 '15 at 14:34
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    $\begingroup$ @innisfree It's either along the lines of what I wrote (a rather optimistic view of the future) or something along these lines. $\endgroup$ – Count Iblis Nov 3 '15 at 17:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Count Iblis: It seems many think against this. But I agree on your statement. This is not a joke & after all, who saw the future? Just one upvote of mine & I'm really eager to watch when a real Skynet comes & consumes these data to become REAL physicist. $\endgroup$ – user36790 Nov 7 '15 at 11:55
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I disagree with Dirk Bruere. Although I hardly post here, on any site you will have

  • homework with some solution attempts, so probably worth giving a particularized answer. Sending the asker to a different problem/example is not that different from telling him to RTFM. And there's an inexhaustible number of homework problems.

  • tumbleweed questions that usually are too hard to [actually] answer. My SO questions are mostly like that. Well, I get some answers, but it's usually not what I asked... more like extended comments. A small percentage of these will probably get an actual answer over time.

These two issues are actually connected.

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    $\begingroup$ Do notice that we don't allow people to post arbitrary homework problems, and that frames as conceptual question there are simply fewer version and things can be closed as duplicates fairly often. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Nov 3 '15 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee: I don't see how this question is any different from arbitrary HW, to pick an example just from the 1st page. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Nov 3 '15 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ And even ignoring that, the number of ways someone can misunderstand some formula or proof is probably limitless as well. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Nov 3 '15 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ HW is assuredly considered off topic here, however the problem we face is that we need 5 members with >3k rep to vote to close and it always seems to be the same ~10 members voting day in & day out. It's an issue of too many crap questions and too few voters. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Nov 4 '15 at 0:02
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I would love to see this kind of website evolve into a new place where research may be published and reviewed. Voters and answerers would be the referees, and their reputation may indicate the strength of their votes.

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    $\begingroup$ That would be an odd member of the StackExchange family of Q&A sites. And what would be the correct answer to accept anyway? Besides, isn't this what arxiv is for? $\endgroup$ – MSalters Nov 9 '15 at 10:50
  • $\begingroup$ The last half of the last sentence has been discussed numerous times in different SE sites and is rejected each time in favor of the democratic system, as opposed to the plutarchy system you are describing. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Nov 9 '15 at 12:46

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