Friday, June 20, 2014

The Future of Poland According to Google

Serious and the Not So Serious Future Predictions (with a Little Help from Uncle Google)

Did you know that one day Poland is going to be on top of the world as the biggest and wealthiest country? Or that the first person to set foot on Pluto will actually be a Pole? We’ve also just learned who will try to invade us and when and who’s going to be the prime minister in ten years. We found some really cool data about how the country is going to change by the year 2100. Where did we learn all that? Well, Google told us… 
What is this all about?
About three years ago Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd, “a webcomic about romance, sarcasm, math, and language”, came up with a series of predictions about the future based on the almighty and never-ending data of Google. His method was very simple – he searched for phrases like “until the year of x….”. He received some most unexpected results. This year the Polish Society for Future Studies (PTSP), comprised of scientists with their minds set on, well, the future, decided to use the same approach to learn about what’s to come for Poland. It may have started as a joke, but the results are fascinating nonetheless.  Read on...

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This is a partial repost of an article that appeared on on March 3, 2014.

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