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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Can This Black Box See Into the Future?

via Red Nova news

DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box, roughly the size of two cigarette packets side by side, that churns out random numbers in an endless stream.

At first glance it is an unremarkable piece of equipment. Encased in metal, it contains at its heart a microchip no more complex than the ones found in modern pocket calculators.

But, according to a growing band of top scientists, this box has quite extraordinary powers. It is, they claim, the 'eye' of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future and predicting major world events.


At 10:19 PM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

Also from the article:

"Cynics will quite rightly point out that there is always some global event that could be used to 'explain' the times when the Egg machines behaved erratically. After all, our world is full of wars, disasters and terrorist outrages, as well as the occasional global celebration. Are the scientists simply trying too hard to detect patterns in their raw data?"

Good question.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

Also if this machine just emits a random string of numbers, how to researchers know they aren't related to say astronomical events in other galaxies? Maybe they are predicting events in one specific person's life or one specific region of the world?


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