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Your smartphone suddenly gets wikpedia from 50 years in the future but only for 1 hour.

What do you look up?


(question from Reddit)

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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 10:12:26 am »
National and European lottery numbers for every week for the next year.  And uh, the Wikipedia News section.  All of it. Including the archives going back 50 years.

Lottery money is used as startup for a private intelligence firm, using the data from Wiki News to build credibility.

And this private intelligence firm will be called HIMEOBS Inc.

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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 10:28:12 am »
I can't find any listings on winning lottery numbers on Wikipedia itself, just (perhaps) some in the external links.

But uh, let's say they are there in the future-wikipedia (could be, after all), I wonder if you'd win every week, people would get wind of it and they'd get, or perhaps even just frame you for fraud?

Also check out the top voted answer in the Reddit thread. Pretty good answer.
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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 10:53:37 am »
"How did that big crack get in the moon?

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 10:56:42 am »
I can't find any listings on winning lottery numbers on Wikipedia itself, just (perhaps) some in the external links.

But uh, let's say they are there in the future-wikipedia (could be, after all), I wonder if you'd win every week, people would get wind of it and they'd get, or perhaps even just frame you for fraud?

Also check out the top voted answer in the Reddit thread. Pretty good answer.

Correct about the lottery numbers.  OK, I'll download Oscars and various very well known horse race winners and put down large bets on those instead.

As for fraud, I believe they need to have proof of it, and "getting answers from the future on your smartphone" is not actually illegal.  But if it does become such a bother, I'll get other people to claim it, in return for a cut (after I'm rich enough to hire people who will make sure I get my money, if they try a double-cross of some kind).

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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2010, 11:07:56 am »
Clever move on the bets. Would also allow you to spread bets along different categories a bit, so you don't get noticed as easily.
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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2010, 12:28:32 pm »
I'd check if dub-step is still considered a music genre.

OR

I'd check to see if I became famous enough to be on Wikipedia, because I'm sure if I could learn things of future wikipedia, then I'd gain at least a little bit of notoriety from using that knowledge.
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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2010, 02:37:09 pm »
Cain's got the right idea. I'd look up the winners of the next 50 winners of the World Series.
In 2004 the Boston Red Sox were facing elimination for the American League Championship (meaning that the winner would go on to play the World Series) against the hated New York Yankees, only after 3 of 7 games. The odds against the Red Sox winning the World Series was 250 to 1. THe Red Sox rallied, won the next 4 games against the Yankees, and then beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 4 straight games, winning the World Series for the first time since 1918. If I had put $100 on the Sox after game 3 of the ALCS, I would have walked away with $25,000.

Throw on top of this the results of major elections and such. Yeah.
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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2010, 02:48:57 pm »
1) A thumbnail sketch of the past 50 years.

2) My obituary.

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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2010, 02:55:44 pm »
I would quickly begin downloading as many pages as possible. I wouldn't spend any time reading, just downloading.

the first articles I'd grab would be:

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_presidents
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_discoveries
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_century

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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2010, 03:00:32 pm »
* nekk looks up "Chuck Norris". WHERE THE FUCK IS THE DATE OF DEATH!?  :evilmad:

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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2010, 03:01:24 pm »
Oh, I'd also get a list of major natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and all that, just to make sure I'm not in the area at the time.
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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2010, 03:03:23 pm »
Oh, I'd also get a list of major natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and all that, just to make sure I'm not in the area at the time.

That's a good one
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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2010, 03:07:13 pm »
Also, a list of medical advances might be useful.
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Re: Your smartphone suddenly gets wikipedia from 50 years in the future for 1hr
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2010, 03:13:17 pm »
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