Sometimes you gotta ask the important questions in life. What's for dinner? Will I get married in the future? Will I have a good job? Will a great power war erupt on Earth within the next fifteen years? You know.
It all started on a Reddit AMA. Ask Me Anything threads have included anyone from Madonna to Obama to that guy who got sued by a girl he saved from drowning. Essentially, Redditors have free reign to ask the subject of the AMA anything that they want to answer. This time, the subject wasn't even a human.
UNU is a type of artificial intelligence that's a little different than what we're all used to. And yeah, it's pretty smart. UNU is a hive mind intelligence that makes predictions using group intelligence to arrive at a conclusion. It asks users questions as a collective unit, and they answer to their best abilities. UNU correctly forecasted the horses that came in first, second, third and even fourth place at the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
So the developers decided to take to Reddit for an AMA to test out the swarm intelligence. Users asked questions like, "Who will Donald Trump pick for Vice President?" "Will we see the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat filled before January 2017?" "What are the chances that the U.S ends the war on drugs by 2020?"
If you're curious, the answers were Chris Christie, no and 0%. So overall, we've got a very positive future to look forward to.
5. Independence Day: Coming Soon To An Earth Near You
So you're probably wondering, alright, what's the deal with this? Should I get to work on my underground bunker right now and start packing it up with everything I love since it soon might be extinct? Help us out here, UNU.
Sorry friends. The prediction is pretty much all we get. UNU functions by answering a single question at a time, and a follow-up question to the slightly big deal of the next World War was not yet asked. So we don't have to bunker down...yet.
In case you had a hankering to ask a new question to UNU and potentially predict a World War IV, well, you're out of luck. UNU is no longer taking questions, but you can be part of future experiments if the thought tickles your fancy.
Okay, so we basically know WWIII is coming. What should we do in the meantime? We could ask UNU. But this could also be a lesson to live each day like it's your last, because a super intelligent computer might just predict that it is.