In using technology to crawl the Internet to allocate keywords, web bot takes a snapshot of the text preceding and following the keyword search, which is sent to a central location and is filtered to define meaning.
Despite sounding like a load of technological hocus-pocus, The Web Bot Project is actually quite intriguing; in spite of the fact the majority of its predictions are wrong, and even the project’s creators admitting its software is usually inaccurate.
Late 2009 and the whole of Web Bot predictions for 2010 represented a particularly inaccurate time for the Web Bot, which unnecessarily panicked its followers with a string of life-threatening, worldwide calamity predictions, none of which came true.
Israel Bombing Iran
On October 25 2009, Web Bot tapped into the “collective unconsciousness” of Internet content, insisting that Israel would bomb Iran, Swine Flu would be propelled into a level of extreme lethality, and, unable to cope with the mayhem, ten days later, the Obama administration would be thrown into chaos.
First, due to there being a wealth of literature about the prospect of Israel bombing Iran, from BBC reports suggesting that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike on Iran, to John Bolton, the former US Ambassador to the UN, announcing on YouTube that Israel will attack Iran by the end of 2009, we can understand why Web Bot may have been persuaded to predict that there was going to be an imminent Israeli attack on Iran.
How the software came up with such a specific yet erroneous date remains to be seen – being so specific about times and dates is a feature of psychics and fortune tellers that has always puzzled me, as wouldn’t those making such radical predictions be better off leaving the details a little ‘hazy’ as a means of increasing their chances of being correct?
The Swine Flu “Pandemic”
Secondly, in 2009 the alleged swine flu ‘pandemic’ was wreaking its havoc in 11 countries worldwide with the World Health Organisation referring to it as a “public health emergency of international concern”.
The Internet was literally littered with literature that swine flu was to reach a pandemic state, and therefore Web Bot’s keyword scrawling software must have gone into overdrive with the amount of text associated with swine flu.
Two years later and with the benefit of hindsight, we now know that the swine flu epidemic of 2009 never reached levels of a pandemic, and instead a barrage of conspiracy theories have circulated regarding the sincerity of the disease and whether its vaccination was developed primarily to make money.
Thirdly, Web Bot’s prediction that the Israel bombing and swine flu pandemic would cause the Obama administration to plunge into panic could have been bred by optimistic predictions from anti-Obama Internet surfers.
The prediction was, of course, proved completely untrue, as when have you ever seen President Obama panic about anything?
The Death of the Dollar
The “Death of the Dollar”, according to Web Bot, would continue its trend and reach a hyper inflationary period in 2010.
During the time of this prediction, the world was firmly entrenched in global monetary fiasco. A plethora of information talking about the “death of the dollar” made its way onto the World Wide Web, mainly spawned from anti-American authors.
As a few economist writers such as Walter Williams issued reports on the web about hyperinflation coming to the US in 2010, Web Bot and its top secret software could not fail in making an American dollar and hyperinflation-associated prediction.
Whilst global economies are still ‘unstable’ to say the least, the hyperinflation that Web Bot predicted never fully manifested itself, and the American dollar quickly showed signs of recovery.
Is Web Bot Ever Right?
So has Web Bot, with its reputation of ‘getting it wrong’, ever been right?
Apparently yes, as regrettably, the program’s predictions that a life altering event would take place in 2001, with “an occurrence of such proportion that its effects would be felt worldwide”, proved accurate when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001.
The Web Bot Project’s creators, Cliff High and George Ure, who call themselves “The Time Monks”, keep the technology and algorithms largely secret as they sell the typically inaccurate predictions via their website. Like most controversial psychics that have enjoyed a snippet of success, the project has been lifted into the realms of fame – and so they have subsequently made a fortune.
The number of accurate predictions from Web Bot are relatively small, extremely vague, and at best purely pseudoscientific. The most ‘specific’ ones rarely bare any truth whatsoever. All of this is surely proof that Web Bot is a nothing more than a load of codswallop, although it has to be said – a fairly intriguing load of codswallop.Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com