The Web-Bot Project

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by nickspohn, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    Looking back, the predictions for 2008 were astounding.

    The bold is pretty much right on. After the last bold, those events can still happen. The underlined is interested. Just 4 days ago that was suppose to happen.

    Now don't attack me for believing in this, it's track record has been pretty good. It amazes me how it predicted the economy like this months ago, when the results were released on Jan. 2

  2. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    In 2009 Web Bot predicts its own demise when someone finally unplugs it.

    edit: Nostrabot would have been a better marketing name.
  3. pooky macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2003
    Looks like the web bot (which is probably just a person or a couple of people, and not software at all) is using the same technique practiced by charlatans for as long as there have been gullible people to dupe.

    1. Make a bunch of predictions. Craploads of them. Predict everything. There will be 3 general types of predictions that you will make:

    a. Vague generalities (such as the "significant event in September" nonsense quoted above).
    b. Really random, specific stuff that no one could possibly know in advance (e.g. "There will be a tornado that will destroy a trailer park in West Hickstown, Kansas, on February 21, 2009).
    c. Very specific predictions that will probably come true, and that anyone with a brain could have figured out (e.g. housing bubble, economic trouble, passionate and divided election season).

    2. Tally your results. If you are smart, most of type c will be correct. Many of type a will come true, since they are so vague you can spin many news stories into matches. If you are lucky, you will even get a few of type b, although probably these will be no better than random guesses.

    3. Spin the results. Your track record at predicting truly unusual, specific events is terrible, but you use your success with generalities and things that anyone could (and many did) predict to overshadow that. "Look at how much I predicted!"

    4. Foretell some impending catastrophe, bigger than anything else, in the near (but not too near) future. A few years is good, decades is bad. If you're a good salesman, people you duped in step 3 will now be terrified.

    5. Sell supplies to help people prepare for impending doom. Be sure to skip town before doomsday.
  4. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006

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