Most of us do not believe in fortune telling. After all, why trust the babbles of someone who claims to be able to predict the future? It’s just a bunch of nonsense! Despite all that, a new app wants to prove that it can elevate fortune telling to a different level. Israeli designer Dor Tal believes that at this point in our history, fortune telling could be both useful and true. However, he is not talking about tarot reading or gazing in the crystal ball. Instead, he came up with an app called Predictables that uses social media to ‘predict’ events and recommend a course of action to its user.
The app is installed in a wrist-mounted projector. From there it projects future events on the palm of your hand. Each event is displayed using color-coded bubbles. For example, red is for romance and blue is for finances. When the event gets closer as time passes, the bubble expands. You can even tap it in order to see details about it.
But how does Predictables “see” the future? The app checks your social media and conversation history. It also taps in the social media of your loved ones, friends and co-workers. Once it finds an event that it deems noteworthy, the app will offer advice on how to deal with it. This would mean you would know beforehand if you had to clean your schedule next Friday or had to phone your mother two days from now.
In theory, Predictable could make a difference. However, predicting the future is a tricky business even when you base your predictions on actual facts and events. Especially on social media, people tend to lie or change their plans in the last minute. In the best case, the app will only get it right some of the times.
Would you try Predictables if the concept becomes reality?
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