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(Some Guy)   IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, thinks that asking random Internet users to predict world events might possibly be anything other than the worst idea ever   ( divider line
    More: Unlikely, ARPA, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, internet, researchers, informed consent, internaut  
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781 clicks; posted to Geek » on 22 Jan 2013 at 9:24 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-22 03:49:08 PM  
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Hidden between the lines is that they can use these studies to determine where the information comes from that gives the collective unconscious of the Internet the predictive knowledge. Then it's only a matter of time until everything we know is a shadow puppet show.
2013-01-22 10:40:32 AM  
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dragonchild: sidcart42: This research is based on actual evidence that the collective consciousness of the internet has responded in peculiar ways prior to major world events.

What, exactly, is the rationale? The same Internet gave "Gangnam Style" over 1 billion hits. Now, I rode that wave of pop culture as much as anyone else, so it's not like a humorous music video getting lots of attention strikes me as a collapse of modern culture. My point is, if this sort of research involves any level of filtering out the noise, you're essentially tossing the "collective consciousness of the Internet" itself.

Well, we could always try drawing penises on pictures of cats.
2013-01-22 08:10:12 AM  
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This is a trap. Anyone who predicts things accurately will end up in a windowless bunker in the woods north of Washington, while insane biologists shoot you full of experimental drugs to make your predictions more accurate and try to prove it isn't all by chance.
Don't even give these people your email address. You'll be on their list.
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