Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

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Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby marilyn peake » 04 May 2010, 13:36

Seriously? Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future: http://mashable.com/2010/05/04/google-predicts-future
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby Nathan Bransford » 04 May 2010, 19:12

The problem with models that predict the future is that none of them are able to predict the Spanish Inquisition.
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby eringayles » 05 May 2010, 03:59

Nathan Bransford wrote:The problem with models that predict the future is that none of them are able to predict the Spanish Inquisition.

Doh. Don't get it, Mr.B.
But did you know that if the Pope had lived in that era, he'd be the Grand Inquisitor? Before the Conclave - as Cardinal Ratzinger- he was today's counterpart of the GI (Prefect, Doctrine of the Faith).
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby Bryan Russell/Ink » 05 May 2010, 04:49

The Answer is in Monty Python.

All answers are in Monty Python...

"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition..."

(You could also watch Sliding Doors, which references the quotation. It is much good and full of good lines about writing - "Finished the book? Of course I haven't finished the book. I'm a writer."
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby Serzen » 05 May 2010, 14:41

I mean, if I was to go around claiming that I was a futurist just because some multinational corporation had invented an application, they'd haul me away! Supreme predictive powers are derived by a mandate from the masses, not some farcical bunch of ones and zeros!

Now we see the queries inherent in the system! Come and see the queries inherent in the system!

(Am I going to be repressed?)

((Edit, sorry, couldn't help myself.))
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby eringayles » 05 May 2010, 16:22

Ink wrote:The Answer is in Monty Python.

All answers are in Monty Python...

"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition..."

(You could also watch Sliding Doors, which references the quotation. It is much good and full of good lines about writing - "Finished the book? Of course I haven't finished the book. I'm a writer."


Okaaaay. The only MP I liked was 'The Life of Brian." My husbans's name is Brian, and I just love yelling, "Brian, you naughty boy! Come and clean up your bloody room!!!"
But now I'll wait for Google's Inquisition.
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby marilyn peake » 05 May 2010, 23:14

Nathan said:
"The problem with models that predict the future is that none of them are able to predict the Spanish Inquisition.”


Ha! Ha! Ha! No one can ever predict the Spanish Inquisition. That’s hilarious! Also, Monty Python’s torture method: “Fetch ... the comfy chair!”
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby Mira » 07 May 2010, 07:53

All hail Monty Python!

So, this thing is really interesting. I'd really like to know how they made it. What mathematical principle is it using? Even economists (is that a word?) say they can't predict economics. How is Google getting around that?

Although wouldn't it be pretty freaky if it did work? You could predict the stock market.

Although what I'd really love is a machine that predicted my behavior. I could ask it: Okay, what am I doing tonight? When it answered, I'd go do something else. Then I'd come back to the machine and go: You got it wrong. Again. In your face, sucker.

That would be fun. I could probably do that for hours.
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Re: Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Postby marilyn peake » 07 May 2010, 11:34

Mira said:

“Although what I'd really love is a machine that predicted my behavior. I could ask it: Okay, what am I doing tonight? When it answered, I'd go do something else. Then I'd come back to the machine and go: You got it wrong. Again. In your face, sucker.

That would be fun. I could probably do that for hours.”


ROFLOL. That’s hilarious!!
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