A preview of the future

Jan 13, 2008
Updated • Dec 7, 2012

Knowing the position of every single particle in the whole infinite universe at the moment, you would be able to predict the future precisely some people say. Well, since our far advanced 2.0 technology is (and will remain for a while) still too lame to do such experiment at present, there's no way to make predictions like that. But hey, who says we can't attempt to guess what happens in the near future?

Of course the more people participate in suggesting what comes next the more accurate the suggestions can become. In order for this system to work, you need one place where anyone could express their idea about the future. There is such place and it's called FutureScanner, a website (kinda Digg clone but with original idea) for collaborative future forecasting. Individual submissions are separated by category and a year when they're expected to come true.

On the main page you can display the most popular or new items and also use advanced filters to only display some particular ones. Each of these can be voted up or down thus filtering the waste out and keeping the most interesting forecasts at the top of the list. IMHO Memebox still needs to work on the design a little bit, especially to make it work properly in Opera (!) but it appears to be quite promising project now. Commenting and RSS feeds are already implemented.

Interestingly enough, this is a third case of an event that happens quite often to me. This time, about half a year after having an idea of making a website that would allow people to work on guessing the future, I hit on a brand new startup that does exactly that. Though, I must admit they did quite a fine job. Weird how different people come to the same ideas, sometimes I feel a little like being plugged into some kind of network. Oh wait a sec, I am.. :D


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  1. Tobey said on January 13, 2008 at 11:17 pm


    Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll be sure to check it out.

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