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Here's my major question, using the Columbia disaster as an example: So, this thing crawls around the Internet sucking up keywords, taking snapshots of them and relaying those words to a "central location." Now, the cause of the Columbia disaster was foam insulation breaking off and striking the insulated wing of the spacecraft, creating a hole through which hot gases could enter and thus making the craft disintegrate upon re-entry. This must mean that somewhere online, someone was discussing a possible problem with the spacecraft's structural integrity - discussing it with everyone BUT those responsible for making sure the craft was safe. That's not revolutionary or innovative - that's stupid.
Yes, I understand this thing makes the predictions in advance, but they should reveal their sources and substantiate their claims so such things don't happen. To me, it seems like a bunch of people with all the answers are sitting in a basement somewhere talking amongst themselves, sharing tips and secrets, while Web Bot, the intrusive detective, is spying on. Doesn't seem right to me.
The same can be said for the other events it has seemingly predicted, such as the 2004 tsunami, Dick Cheney's hunting accident and the BP Oil Spill. Same logic applies - if this thing is so credible and reputable, why not reveal sources and substantiate the predictions? I mean, really - this thing is so capable of prognostication that it predicted Dick Cheney would shoot someone's face? Where did they get their keywords - a forum talking about how much Cheney sucks at hunting?
Speaking of idiotic oil executives, the Web Bot is now predicting that 1.298 BILLION people will die as a result of the BP oil spill. Yes, you read right - 1.298 billion people will die as a result of - get this - a mistaken Israeli-influenced attack on Iraq that will catapult us into nuclear war. So when will this massive misfire happen? Anytime after July 11, 2010. Thanks for the accuracy, Web Bot!