Web Bot


Web Bot

Web Bot, or the Web Bot Project, refers to an Internet bot software program that is claimed to be able to predict future events by tracking keywords entered on the Internet. It was created in 1997, originally to predict stock market trends.[1] The creator of the Web Bot Project, Clif High, along with his associate George Ure, who call themselves "The Time Monks",[2] keep the technology and algorithms largely secret and sell the predictions via the website.

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Methodology

Internet bots monitor news articles, blogs, forums, and other forms of Internet chatter. Words in the lexicon are assigned numeric values for emotional quantifiers such as duration, impact, immediacy, intensity, and others. The lexicon is dynamic, and changes according to shifts in emotional tension, and how humans communicate those changes using the Internet. As of 2008, there were about 300,000 keywords in the lexicon, along with emotional context indicators[3][4] which are fed into a computer-generated modelspace. They then use a technique called Asymmetric Language Trend Analysis (ALTA) developed by Clif High to generate a predictive report from a fully populated modelspace. These predictive reports are known as ALTA or Web Bot reports. The 2010/2011 report underwent a formatting change and is titled The Shape of Things to Come - Volume Zero.

Predictive theory

Ure and High hypothesize that changes in language precede changes in behavior. This is the basis for attempting to use ALTA as a form of future viewing. The authors have repeatedly asserted in interviews[5] that the predictions made in the ALTA report have an inherent bias toward events of a negative nature and tend to be framed in catastrophic terms. However, the reports have also indicated positive events such as the development of new technology and increased social awareness.[citation needed]

Predictions

Claimed hits

The Web Bot is claimed to have predicted several events prior to them occurring, most notably the September 11 attacks and the 2003 Northeastern United States blackout.[6] However, many believe the predictions are vague and, at best, pseudoscientific.[7]

Misses

  • A massive earthquake in Vancouver, Canada and the Pacific Northwest was predicted to occur on 12 December 2008.[13]
  • From July 11, 2010 onward, civil unrest will take place, possibly driven by food prices skyrocketing, and the devaluation of the dollar. (Note that the 2010–2011 Middle East and North Africa protests occurred six months later.) [14]
  • A missile launch that would herald the start of World War III was predicted to happen on the 14th of December in an interview.[citation needed]
  • A complete collapse of the US dollar beginning in 2009. (?) [15]

In Progress

  • The US dollar completely collapses, or Israel bombs Iran. In reaction to this crisis, administration of U.S. President Barack Obama will be thrown into major chaos ten days later.[2][16]

(There are reports that Israel is considering bombing Iran.[17])

Future predictions

  • Major catastrophe in 2012 - The Web Bot has gained most of its notoriety for contributing to the 2012 phenomenon by predicting that a cataclysm will devastate the planet in the year 2012, possibly a reversing of Earth's magnetic poles or a small series of nuclear attacks leading up to a major attack during the year. The prediction does not call for a complete end of the world.[18][19][20][21]

The following comes from the Web Bot Project Blogspot report on a radio interview with High and Ure:

  • A second depression, triggered by mass layoffs, bankruptcies, and the popping of the derivatives bubble.
  • A "data gap" has been found in 2012 running through May 2013. One explanation is that "our civilization gets knocked back to a pre-electronic state," such as brought about by devastating solar activity.
  • A new benign form of capitalism will emerge during 2017-2020.[22]

Reception

The History Channel has discussed Web Bot in its special Doomsday 2012 and on other shows like Nostradamus Effect which feature predictions about the end of the world.[23] A Globe and Mail journalist noted that "What interests me more than the bot's accuracy (of which I'm skeptical), is the relentless negativity of its projections. According to the bot, the future is always bleak and steadily worsening."[13]

Tom Chivers in the Daily Telegraph notes three criticisms of the project: "the internet might plausibly reveal group knowledge about the stock market or, conceivably, terror attacks [but] it would be no more capable of predicting a natural disaster than would a Google search, ... the predictions are so vague as to be meaningless, [and] the prophecies become self-distorting."[1][24]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Chivers, Tom (24 September 2009). "'Web-bot project' makes prophecy of 2012 apocalypse". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6227357/Web-bot-project-makes-prophecy-of-2012-apocalypse.html. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Web Bot Predictions". Coast to Coast AM. http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2009/07/21. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ ALTA Base Knowledge Article
  4. ^ Shamah, David (23 December 2008). "Digital World: I have seen the future, and it's on the Web". The Jerusalem Post. http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1229868823280&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Webbotproject on YouTube". http://www.youtube.com/user/webbotproject. 
  6. ^ "BotHit5 Power Blackout Fulfills Web Bot Predictions". Urban Survival Weekly. http://www.urbansurvival.com/bothit5.htm. 
  7. ^ "Web Bot, What is it? Can it Predict Stuff?". Daily Common Sense. http://www.dailycommonsense.com/web-bot-what-is-it-can-it-predict-stuff/. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ a b c [2]
  10. ^ a b c Menon, Vinay (2008-04-16). "Decoding the End of Days". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Television/article/414923. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "World's expiry date: 21 December 2012?". NewKerala.com. http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-118770.html. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  12. ^ "‘Web-bot project’ makes prophecy of 2012 apocalypse". Ethiopian Review. http://www.ethiopianreview.com/scitech/12308. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Taylor, Timothy (January 2009). "Vanwaterworld? Hold the Armageddon talk". The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article651047.ece. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  14. ^ "Tick...tick...tick - Israeli Mistake, Confusion, and a chart". Half Past Human. http://www.halfpasthuman.com/Mistake.html. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Dollar Demise is Premature - A Discourse on a New Gold Standard". WallStreetPit.com. http://wallstreetpit.com/10977-dollar-demise-is-premature-a-discourse-on-a-new-gold-standard. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  16. ^ "The Market's Current Psychological Map". Seeking Alpha. http://seekingalpha.com/article/167241-the-market-s-current-psychological-map. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  17. ^ Renaudie, Jean-Luc (November 02, 2011). "AFP:In Israel, speculation over strike on Iran grows.". AFP. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gBcWESqOz7NqmkKqfMYUH538V8iw?docId=CNG.b8acfbc8dffcbd340e12dc8e0f2b4923.301. Retrieved November 02, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Web Bot Predictions". Mirror of Aphrodite. http://aphroditeastrology.com/2007/05/web-bot-predictions.html. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  19. ^ "World’s expiry date: 21 December 2012?". ExpressIndia. http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Worlds-expiry-date-21-December-2012/521526/. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  20. ^ "2012 Disaster Film Director Admits he Scared Himself". The Epoch Times. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/24061/. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  21. ^ "El Nostradamus virtual (in Spanish)". El Día. http://www.eldia.com.ar/edis/20080427/revistadomingo15.htm. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  22. ^ "Web Bot Project". blogspot. http://webbot-project.blogspot.com/. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ [3]
  24. ^ "Web Bot Project and 2012". Mirror of Aphrodite. http://aphroditeastrology.com/2007/05/web-bot-project-and-2012.html. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 

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