What’s Hot and Why Not? — There are a lot of future predictions at this time of year, but just how good are we at figuring out what the next big thing might be? From music to markets to Twitter… we’re peering into our cacophonous culture, trying to see what’s coming.
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Skeptic Check: Prog-Not-Stication — The future is no mystery … according to psychics who say they have special access to tomorrow’s events. For example, adherents to the Mayan doomsday prophecy warn that when 2012 ends, so will the world. Discover what’s behind claims of prognostication, and why – if it really works – no one is making a killing in Las Vegas. Also, could science divine the future? Programmers with the Living Earth Simulator say that with sufficient data, their billion-dollar computer project can predict world events.
There was a lot of speculation about how the Supreme Court would decide, but almost every prognostication was wrong: from who the swing vote would be (it was Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion), to what the basis for the opinion would be (it wasn’t the Commerce Clause).
The first in a unique series of podcasts co-produced by Fuel, Roundhouse and the UCL Ear Institute