Interesting article on Technology Review on a new metaphor on our virtual surroundings: the plagiosphere. According to the author, new technologies are causing a shift in our mental ecology, one that will turn our culture into a closing frontier of ideas.
Artificial-intelligence researchers at MIT and other universities are developing techniques for identifying nonverbatim similarity between documents to make possible the detection of nonverbatim plagiarism. While the investigators may have in mind only cases of brazen paraphrase, a program of this kind can multiply the number of parallel passages severalfold.
More pasta: Turnitin [Recognized worldwide as the standard in online plagiarism prevention, Turnitin helps educators and students take full advantage of the internet’s educational potential.]