This article is about the prediction software. For internet-based programs, see Internet bot.
Web Bot is an Internet Bot computer program whose developers claim is able to predict future events by tracking keywords entered on the internet. It was developed in 1997, originally to predict stock market trends. The creator of the Web Bot Project, Clif High, along with his associate George Ure, keep the technology and algorithms largely secret and sell the predictions via the website.
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 which are fed into a computer-generated modelspace. However, many believe the predictions are vague and, at best, pseudoscientific.
The US dollar completely collapses, or Israel bombs Iran in 2011. In reaction to this crisis, administration of U.S. President Barack Obama will be thrown into major chaos ten days later.
Major catastrophe in 2012 – The Web Bot gained most of its notoriety for contributing to the 2012 phenomenon by predicting a cataclysm that would devastate the planet on December 21, 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 did not call for a complete end of the world.
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. 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.” 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.”
From the think tank, a special Wednesday afternoon update. Based on our work, we expect that DoD efforts using less capable technologies will likely find aspects of the same data, although the policy question sure to rage is whether to raise the national threat level to Orange. The difficulty with the threat level change is that the Administration no doubt is concerned about the impact of raising the threat level, because it becomes much like the “boy who cried wolf.” Yet, if our read of the web bot data is correct, there may be reason to elevate the threat level tomorrow.
Asymmetric Language Trend Analysis Intelligence Report
‘Changes in language precede changes in behavior.’