Can technology predict the future?

Since the dawn of time bones, runes, tea, coffee, coins, glass balls, hand readings and tarot cards have been used to predict the future. But, as much as these methods were reliable for some, must of us would not leave our pension plan in the hands of these predictions. In reality and up to know we have not really been able to foresee the future, not through true science at least, but it would be fun to try to predict it, right? I mean, imagine a world where computers can predict future events, like crimes, with 100% accuracy.

One of the oldest human desires is to be able to predict the future. Today, most of us are accustomed to technology predicting for example the words or phrases we want to write on our smartphone, however, this type of software will be able to anticipate even more in the future and predict actions that we have hardly considered according to many studies. But that’s not all… Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are constantly developing innovative applications that can predict a specific outcome. ANNs (artificial neural networks) for instance are great at modeling and using statistics/back propagations/data manipulations and the like to make a decision. Of course in order to really predict the uncertain future, AI and machine learning need to execute unsupervised learning through deep-learning and have a sense of creation to imagine and envision the future. This “sense of creation” requires subjective experience and dynamical, continuous, and self-organizing learning. Google is another player in the game and is already working on teaching artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the future by giving its AI algorithms an imagination, so they can predict how a situation might play out. The research is published in these two below mentioned papers:

It is worth mentioning that Google is not the only digital medium working on developing algorithms and programs that can predict the future. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created a program that essentially watched 2 million online videos and observed how different types of scenes typically progress. Now, given a still image from a scene, the CSAIL team’s deep-learning algorithm can create a brief video that simulates the future of that scene. To create the algorithm, the MIT team relied on a technology called deep learning that’s become central to modern artificial intelligence research. It’s the approach that lets digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa understand what users want, and that drives image search and facial recognition advancements at Facebook.

Machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) are all amazing technologies that have been expanding our reality into a whole new world and have surely helped predict some parts of the future. For instance AI algorithms can predict up to some extent how stock market will perform over next few days or on a specific event. There is AI in security which can predict a potential cybersecurity breach which is about to happen. It can also predict based on old data how holiday season sale may happen for a e-commerce giant.

But before jumping into analyzing the technological divinity to predict the future, and our probabilities to success and really find a way to predict what is waiting for us and our destiny using technology we way have to start from the very beginning as Marcus Garvey ones said,

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.  – Marcus Garvey

History

In some European fairy tales we can find the story of an old man who reads the names of individuals from an enormous book and later read their destiny.

Of course, the stories differs in details, sometimes the old man has an assistant who transfers book between two or more tables. Subsequently, depending on the table, which can be golden or stony, the person is determined to live in poverty or wealth. But, is the existence of a mystical man who determines destiny for everyone is even possible?

The legend of the castle Skaly (Czech Republic), Otomar Dvorak, during one christmas night was able to perceive a strange light coming from the old castle. Finally, the brave man, armed with a ladder and a saber, got to castle ruled by a deep silence.

But when the young man reached the ruins, he saw a light in the high rock tower. He took a ladder, climbed up and cautiously peered inside. He saw a small irradiated room, where a pale old man with a long snow-white beard read an ancient book. Then, in the chapel of the castle struck the midnight bell, a light suddenly went off and the castle was again dark and desolate.

Was Dvorak in this legend really able to see the old man who decides our destiny? And is it actually even possible for a man to predestine the future? and if so, did he use any type of technology to achieve that? The fact that light was mentioned in the legend, does it mean that some sort of technology may have been used?

Even with so many unanswered questions, the Kabalarian Philosophy is convinced of the validity of the legend. According to this philosophy our name mathematical combination can subsequently determine our destiny, our experiences, health, relationships, wealth and even the opportunities/obstacles we face in life.

Other theories, however, says, that our name does not determine our destiny, or the path of our life for that matter, it may however affects our character and greatly influences our behavior. But our decisions are also affected by our ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status or specific geographic location where we’re born. Basically these theories suggest that according to specific combined set of data our destiny may look differently.

Big data which is a field that treats ways to analyze, systematically extract information from, or otherwise deal with data sets that are too large or complex to be dealt, together with artificial intelligence may just be the technology required to achieve some sort of prediction, and so predicting the future in a general sense. But will it be enough to really predict our future and the future of our existence? Also, AI and Big data are yet to execute unsupervised learning. They’re also yet to comprehend the problem of consciousness and meaning (those are philosophical problems that hampered the mechanization of cognition into AI for years).

Philosophy

The library of palm leaves, that represent 12 libraries in India, in which are situated several thousand records on individuals, is also used as a method to read our past and present lives. Because of the short lifetime of leaves, our fate is transcribed on new ones. However, for reading the leaf, experienced interpreters and of course a translators are needed.

It should be noted, that libraries of palm leaves are often criticized, since many of the predictions, for example devastating terrorist attack in Germany in 2008, did never happen and often individuals do not get any new information.

First, interpreters and translators are talking about the creation of the world and the position of the planets at birth. But when they pass to more specific information, they rather focus on what people want to hear or paraphrase information as the name of the father or mother or birth date.

Astrology

Another source used to uncover our destiny are stars through astrology. Specifically, the aim of astrology is the search for relationships among celestial bodies and the various processes on the Earth or human destinies. Of course we can not assume that certain characteristics are specific to a certain person born on a particular day, because fate is unique to each individual. As noted by the astrologer Emil Václav Havelka:

“At the moment when a person is born, he/she gets into his/her genetic code imprint of planetary position which decide for example the length of life, eating habits or health.”

Although, in this age not many people believe astrology, but in the 16 century people had such deep faith in astrologers and their predictions, that even kings often used predictions of astrologers to obtain the endorsement of the people to adopt controversial political decisions.

Karma

karma is founded on the principle that every action that we do in this life determines our next life. It would seem that karma is rather a privilege of eastern philosophy, but actually we can find similarities in other cultures, for example in the nordic mythology we meet the tree Yggdrasil with three roots. Where one of them are Norns who decide on human fate and watering root with water from a well, where fell every human act. So, water, that Norns watering Yggdrasil containing all acts of people and affecting their future.

On the basis of this, many of us might think that our actions in this life can not influence us, or that they will wait on us in the next life. However, according to some researchers, at the end of the last millennium was karma stronger. We can mention the practice of Dr. A. C. Dollard, who focused on the treatment through the karmic sin. As Alan Carter reported:

“Dr. Dollard is (…) convinced that at the end of the last millennium occured to a faster karmic revenge for wrongdoing and a sharp increase in personal disability of each person, as evidenced by a surprisingly consistent statistical observation of this phenomenon…”

So, karmic punishment may wait on us earlier than in the next life. Thus, we can say that for move our life in a positive way, it is important to follow our conscience.