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(Gizmodo)   Google's next project: Psychohistory   (gizmodo.com) divider line 42
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2010-05-06 10:39:41 AM  
Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?
 
2010-05-06 11:14:16 AM  
Psychohistory? Is Insane Clown Posse mounting a full-scale assault on our nation's basic academic subjects?

/farkin' government
//how does it work?
 
2010-05-06 11:20:49 AM  
FishyFred: Psychohistory? Is Insane Clown Posse mounting a full-scale assault on our nation's basic academic subjects?

Please tell me you're being facetious.
 
2010-05-06 11:39:06 AM  
Hari Seldon surrenders?
 
2010-05-06 11:45:15 AM  
St_Francis_P: Hari Seldon surrenders?

R. Daneel Olivaw frownes on these shenanigans.
 
2010-05-06 11:46:03 AM  
frownes? where did that 'e' come from?
 
2010-05-06 11:47:09 AM  
St_Francis_P: Hari Seldon surrenders is born?

FTFY.
 
2010-05-06 11:47:57 AM  
Slives: frownes? where did that 'e' come from?

Probably the Early Modern English period.
 
2010-05-06 12:03:15 PM  
I've Selden read such an exciting article.

/Yes, I'm late to the party but I'm going to get in my pun, dammit.
 
2010-05-06 12:13:55 PM  
This has a good foundation in logic.
 
2010-05-06 12:21:49 PM  
I was hoping it was the fam as seen in Psychohistorical Crisis and none of that Foundation bullshiat. That series sucked. Sorry.
 
2010-05-06 12:22:28 PM  
Anyone have an invite for Google Radiant?
 
2010-05-06 12:27:29 PM  
Somebody's watched too much History Channel.

i104.photobucket.com
 
2010-05-06 12:28:26 PM  
radioman_: I've Selden read such an exciting article.

/Yes, I'm late to the party but I'm going to get in my pun, dammit.


I've Seldon seen such bad spelling in a pun.
 
2010-05-06 12:32:16 PM  
Don't be glib.
 
2010-05-06 12:40:35 PM  
Weaver95: Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?


Real Genius?
 
2010-05-06 12:42:14 PM  
Nuclear Monk: Weaver95: Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?

Real Genius?


nope.
 
2010-05-06 12:53:38 PM  
Weaver95: Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?


Google will reorganize into the Imperium?
 
2010-05-06 12:55:28 PM  
Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: Anyone have an invite for Google Radiant?

Do you mean Google Brainshare? wait what century is it? at least 31/apple/5 right? Oops.
 
2010-05-06 01:14:17 PM  
Nuclear Monk: Weaver95: Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?

Real Genius?



Real Genius was the Crossbow Project..."just like shootin' ducks in a barrel!"
 
2010-05-06 01:25:23 PM  
Slives: R. Daneel Olivaw frownes on is revealed in the fifth book in the trilogy to have been behind all these shenanigans.

So R. Daneel is probably masquerading as Sergey Brin's mincing, obedient, violence-abhorring personal assistant, rewriting the Google hierarchy's brains on an hourly basis.

Which is fine with me, as long as he doesn't bring about a Galactic Empire in which every one of a quadrillion human beings talks and acts like the Universal Asimov Human Character, which is to say a twee, passive-aggressive, emo, megalomaniac classics professor with a planet-sized stick up the ass.

/Yeah, I read all those books in spite of hating every single character in them. I LIKE BEING ANGRY!
 
2010-05-06 01:28:43 PM  
DeadZone: Weaver95: Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?

Google will reorganize into the Imperium?


dammit! you gave it away!
 
2010-05-06 01:43:38 PM  
Weaver95: DeadZone: Weaver95: Next up - Project Longbow.

/obscure?

Google will reorganize into the Imperium?

dammit! you gave it away!


Fark is the antonym of obscure...
 
2010-05-06 01:56:41 PM  
No one could have predicted this.


/baked, thy noodle!
 
2010-05-06 01:59:25 PM  
So, I googled "recorded future" after reading TFA. Got a bunch of similar articles, but no Recorded Future webpage. Clearly we're being manipulated by the Second Foundation.
 
2010-05-06 01:59:36 PM  
I thought nobody knows the history of psychology as the church of scientology does...
 
2010-05-06 02:10:10 PM  
not amused:
img.imtwelve.com
(hot)
 
2010-05-06 02:40:14 PM  
BuyASweetAss: not amused:

(hot)


3.bp.blogspot.com

/hotter
 
2010-05-06 02:41:33 PM  
I believe the Mule will have something to say about this. Or maybe nothing?
 
2010-05-06 02:49:29 PM  
Just let me know what I need to do when the time comes.
 
2010-05-06 02:54:54 PM  
BuyASweetAss: not amused:

(hot)


Beat me to a Mule reference! Damn it!

Dear SyFy,

Make the Asmoverse at TV series and do it start to finish in the order of the book release and in the style of Sky Captain. Gimme that retrofuture look!
 
2010-05-06 03:05:12 PM  
the right-wingers need to know when to short-sell the nation of Israel.
 
2010-05-06 03:49:42 PM  
In case anyone really cares what is going on, here it is: google really is building a time machine ... for information. Hear me out, I've been looking into this for the past couple of years.

Around the start of the millennium Google began looking at quantum computing as a possible way to increase the efficiency of their data mining activities and to that end they put together a small think-tank of mathematicians and physicists. This is not really a secret as they did this publicly with full press releases. After all it was completely a theoretical exercise designed to increase the perception of being a cutting-edge company and create potentially valuable ties to the academic world. But what they did very very quietly was disband this group less than a year later, the only person they retained on a purely consulted basis was a Polish physicist named Arkadiusz Jadczyk. Prof Jadczyk's specialty is "Event Enhanced Quantum Theory", which can be used as to model real world events on a quantum substructure.

Subsequent to these events Google began to heavily invest in venture capital companies that specialized in nanotechnology and quantum computing. One of these companies was "Harris and Harris Group Inc". Soon after this Harris and Harris Group gave a large sum of money to a little known Vancouver based company called "D-wave," which claimed to be on the brink of building a working quantum computer.

Around this time (2006) Google again publicly stated their interest in quantum computing, but this time instead of data-mining they claimed it was for the purpose of fast, efficient image recognition (yeah right). Two other things happened: they began a public relationship with D-wave and they hired two new consultants, Jeff Tollaksen who was the founder of Center of Quantum studies at George Mason University and Yakir Aharonov an Israeli physicist specializing in quantum physics.

These two physicists have one very important link, they are both the leading experts of backward causality, i.e. quantum time travel. They use quantum measurement technique known as "weak measurement" to measure some quantum state of an atom or photon and from that measurement they can tell the future fate of the quantum system. Usually in quantum physics if you measure the quantum properties of a system, you destroy (or at least greatly alter) the system. If you weakly measure the system, it's not as precise, but you have less of an impact on the outcome. This is all a gross simplification, but will have to do for now.

The problem with weak measurements of quantum states is that it doesn't really tell you the future, because it is imprecise it just betters the odds of knowing the outcome of an event. If you used this technique to predict a coin toss a million times, you would have something like a %51 success rate. So what possible value could this be? You would need to run this experiment on millions of distinct data points to have any sort of predictive power...

...in steps quantum chip manufacturer D-wave and the massive data mining power of Google.
 
2010-05-06 04:11:24 PM  
When will they begin to publish the Planetary Guide? I've been waiting for an update for decades.
 
2010-05-06 04:17:55 PM  
BigLuca:

Quantum tinfoil hat both does and does not exist until you check to see if they've altered your brainmeats.
 
2010-05-06 04:27:36 PM  
Taedirk: BigLuca:

Quantum tinfoil hat both does and does not exist until you check to see if they've altered your brainmeats.


It's not paranoia if everyone really is out to get you.
 
2010-05-06 05:51:06 PM  
It was Doctor Who in the TARDIS with the sonic screwdriver!
 
2010-05-06 06:24:55 PM  
BigLuca: In case anyone really cares what is going on, here it is: google really is building a time machine ... for information......

Does this mean I can google next weeks winning lotto number? I'm in!
 
2010-05-06 07:13:04 PM  
Always in motion is the future, Google biatches.
 
2010-05-06 07:35:56 PM  
Occam's Chainsaw: FishyFred: Psychohistory? Is Insane Clown Posse mounting a full-scale assault on our nation's basic academic subjects?

Please tell me you're being facetious.


He's not. And that's scary.

/Wait until the Mule comes around.
 
2010-05-06 09:51:27 PM  
Speaking of history, no one noticed that this is a repeat?
 
2010-05-07 06:48:03 AM  
The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao-Fortune-telling Scene
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hta0ndC7Dqw (pops)

JennnifuhLeathuh - April 11, 2009 - In this scene from The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao [featuring Tony Randall attempting to play a Chinese man], an old spinster is dealt a lethal fortune-telling, transcribed below:
==================
"Apollonius of Tyana reads your future" From The Circus of Dr. Lao, Charles G. Finney, 1935.

The widow Mrs. Howard T. Cassan came to the circus in her flimsey brown dress and her low shoes and went direct to the fortuneteller's tent. She paid her mite and sat down to hear her future. Apollonius warned her she was going to be disappointed.



Mrs. Cassin: "Not if you tell me the truth," said Mrs. Cassan. "I particularly want to know how soon oil is going to be found on that twenty acres of mine in New Mexico."

Apollonius of Tyana: "Never," said the seer [who is blind in the film].


Mrs. Cassin: "But I paid a fortune for that land" gasps Mrs. Cassan.

Apollonius of Tyana: "You wasted your money. Next question," said the seer


Mrs. Cassin: "Well, what I really want to know is, when shall I be married again?"

Apollonius of Tyana: "Never," said the seer.


Mrs. Cassin: "Well, what sort of man will next come into my life?"

Apollonius of Tyana: "There will be no more men in your life," said the seer.


Mrs. Cassin: "Well, what in the world is the use of my living then, if I'm not going to be rich, not going to be married again, not going to know any more men?"

Apollonius of Tyana: "I only read futures. I don't evaluate them."


Mrs. Cassin: "That's utter nonsense," barked Mrs. Cassan.

Apollonius of Tyana: "The future is always nonsense, until it becomes the past," replied the seer.


Mrs. Cassin: "Well, I paid you. Read my future," commanded Mrs. Cassan.

Apollonius of Tyana: "Tomorrow will be like today, and day after tomorrow will be like the day before yesterday," said Apollonius. "I see your remaining days each as a tedious collections of hours. You will not travel anywhere. You will think no new thoughts. You will experience no new passions. Older you will become but not wiser. Stiffer but not more dignified. Childless you are, and childless you shall remain. Of that suppleness you once commanded in your youth, of that strange simplicity which once attracted a men to you, neither endures, nor shall you recapture any of them," the prophet predicted.


Mrs. Cassin: "Ugly, ugly man!" [snapped Mrs. Cassan.]


Apollonius of Tyana: "Mirrors are often ugly and mean. When you die, you will be buried and forgotten. And that is all. And for all the good or evil, creation or destruction your living might have accomplished, you might just as well have never lived at all. I am sorry. You see, it is my curse to tell the absolute truth."
 
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