This week’s earthquake in rural China has once again brought to the forefront scenes of devastation and rising numbers of fatalities. Hardly a month goes by this year without news of a devastating quake in some part of the world. It might seem as though earthquakes are increasing in frequency or strength compared with past years, but scientists say that isn’t the case.
“The chatter in Twitter can accurately predict the box-office revenues of upcoming movies weeks before they are released. In fact, Tweets can predict the performance of films better than market-based predictions, such as Hollywood Stock Exchange, which have been the best predictors to date”.
I was wondering what would be it to live with so much certainty. Already the age of innocence has been lost with so much information and openness thanks to the internet. Nothing is taboo or off-limits. Now with algorithms that will decipher trends, this will also mean the end of suspense. Am not so certain yet, that this is a good or bad thing. But I am wee bit uneasy at the thought of the living in such predictable world.