Coincidence is to be expected

Who would have thought that some day I would be sitting in a rather fancy pub in the centre of Dublin, sipping (or should I say taking generous gulps?) on a quality pint of Guinness draught, waiting for my very significant other to join me?

No one could have possibly predicted that ten years. No one could have ever predicted that not even five years ago. Or two years ago, for that matter.

Predicting the future is a tricky business. There are no guarantees, there is no silver bullet. And I am grateful that that is the way it is. How blisteringly boring would it be to know everything that is going to happen?

Sure, if someone knew everything that is going to happen in advance, he/she could make millions on the stock exchange. But why would he/she bother? If they knew the entire fabric of time, would they be concerned about such menial things as money or other down to earth concerns. I don't think so.

An great introspection into what it would be like to be omniscent is offered in the science-fiction masterpiece Dune, by Frank Herbert. It is an enthrolling and far reaching read, even for science-fiction -phobic readers.

One could argue that talking about omniscent beings is a moot point, because no such being could possibly exist, since it would violate the indetermination principle. I whole-heartedly agree. No omniscent, god-like being exists. Except in some people's imagination.

Which leads me back to the this thought - if predicting the future is a no-no, what can be said of text prediction? Well, it can actually be done.