Friday, 25 Sep, 2009 Technology
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Technology that Predicts End of the World in 2012

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It seems like today even web-bots are able to see the future. Recently it was revealed that a web-bot technology managed to predict the end of the world, which, according to the technology, will take place on December 21, 2012. According to some online conspiracy theorists, the web-bots had already foreseen the 9/11 attacks as well as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Now they say that a type of cataclysm is awaiting our planet on the 21st of December.

The technology is somewhat similar to the spiders used by search engines to index web pages. For the first time such software was created back in 1990s and its goal was foreseeing the tendencies on the stock market. The bots analyzed keywords and the text around them, thus receiving information of the so-called "wisdom of crowds". Later engineers decide to use this technology for a somewhat controversial purpose - predicting future.

According to George Ure, one of the researchers behind the technology, the software's study of the web chatter provided advance warnings about different terrorist attacks. The engineer also mentioned that his technology is able to foresee natural disasters like the earthquake that led to the 2004 tsunami, and the Hurricane Katrina predicted by the software.

One of the program's latest predictions is associated with the end of the world that is expected to occur on December 21, 2012. One of the possible disasters that would lead to the tragedy is a polar shift - the situation when the polarity of our planet's magnetic field is reversed. People who believe such predictions say that the ancient Mayan calendar, the Book of Revelations, as well as the Chinese text I Ching predicted the end of the world on the same date.

However, there are people who are skeptic about the software. They say that there are some major flaws in the "end of the world" theory. First of all, it is possible that the Internet might reveal group knowledge regarding the stock market and terrorist attacks because these are events caused by people. But natural disasters are not produced by humans and thus the technology will not be able to predict these events. One of the bloggers wrote that prophecies are self-distorting, meaning that the more people talk about the end of the world and December 21, 2012 online, "the more data web bots get pointing towards 2012."

As for the polar shift, than this theory finds its roots in a real scientific theory called "geomagnetic reversal". The genuine theory states that the polarity of our planet shifts every several hundred thousand years. But this theory cannot be reconciled with the predictions of the web-bots regarding the fact that the shifting will occur on a specific day in 2012. According to the most accurate estimates, it takes about 5,000 years for each shift to occur.

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