Message from discussion Psychohistory and Nate Silver
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From: goldf...@ocf.berkeley.edu (David Goldfarb)
Subject: Re: Psychohistory and Nate Silver
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In article <63k0q7.bg1.1...@news.alt.net>,
Philip Chee <phi...@aleytys.pc.my> wrote:
>On Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:51:27 GMT, Mark Zenier wrote:
>> Reading a reprint of an article by Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times,
>> my first thought was that if they get too good at this, we'll have one
>> guy picked in a lottery sitting down in front of Multivac answering all
>> the poll questions.
>Didn't Isaac Asimov write a short story using this premise?
Yes. The title was "Franchise". I assume that's exactly what Mark was
referring to -- the name "Multivac" is pretty much specific to Asimov.
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