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Last year, I did something, intending it as a joke. A month later, I found out that I had successfully done something that many people who have spent their careers trying to do have failed miserably at.
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Did you send something to a prestigious magazine and it got published?
Is what you did was in the area of science? technology? art? politics? entertainment? sports? economics?
Do other people trying to achieve the same result belong to a specific group? are they from the same country?
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Did you send something to a prestigious magazine and it got published? No
Is what you did was in the area of science? technology? Yesish art? Depends on how you define "art" politics? entertainment? This too sports? economics?
Do other people trying to achieve the same result belong to a specific group? Not really are they from the same country? No
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So the area is narrowed down to arts and entertainment with technology as a vehicle for the expression, right?

Recording technology? photography? video? Internet? animation?

Was your achievement winning an award? being included in "Top 10" list? being recognized by strangers? making a lot of money? having something named after you?
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So the area is narrowed down to arts and entertainment with technology as a vehicle for the expression, right? No

Recording technology? photography? video? Internet? animation? None of the above

Was your achievement winning an award? being included in "Top 10" list? being recognized by strangers? making a lot of money? having something named after you? None of the above
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did anyone help you? any other people involved? is your job relevant? a hobby of yours? did you create something? do something? write something? win something?
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did anyone help you? No any other people involved? No is your job relevant? No a hobby of yours? Yes did you create something? do something? write something? Yes win something?
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did you write a letter? an article? a comment? a memo? a note? a poem? a story? a review?
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Did you write a song?
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Did you write a computer program?

Is the title relavent?

Sorry about posting twice in a row. I just though of more questions after I already posted...
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did you write a letter? an article? a comment? a memo? a note? a poem? a story? This one a review?

Is the title relavent? Only tangentially.
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is the type of story relevant? did you write a short story? a book? is the subject of the story relevant? any characters? anything else relevant about the contents of the story? or is something relevant about what you did with the story? did you give it to someone? send it somewhere? tell it to someone? did someone read it? 1 person? 2? 3? 4? 5? more?
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Was the story a true story? Was it a work of fiction? is the genre important?
Did you publish it? Was there something about the way you wrote it? A technique you used? Some sort of fun with words?
Did you write it on a computer? Typewriter? Handwritten? Anything like this relevent?
Is anything about how you got the idea for the story relevent?
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is the type of story relevant? Yes
did you write a short story? a book? It was a full length novel (for http://www.nanowrimo.org) but only one particular scene in it was relevant
is the subject of the story relevant? Yes, at least the subject of this particular scene any characters? No anything else relevant about the contents of the story? or is something relevant about what you did with the story? Just the contents

Was the story a true story? Was it a work of fiction? Yes is the genre important? Yes, it was science fiction

Did you publish it? Irrelevant
Was there something about the way you wrote it? A technique you used? Please clarify what you mean by "technique"
Some sort of fun with words? No

Did you write it on a computer? Typewriter? Handwritten? Anything like this relevent? Computer, but not really relevant what I wrote it on

Is anything about how you got the idea for the story relevent?
Not really
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is what you did successfully related to you and your writing (and completion) of the book? in a certain amount of time? is it related to something your character does?

the particular relevant scene in the book:
does it have to do with time travel? backwards in time? forwards in time?

does the character make a major medical breakthrough? cure for cancer? cure for something else?

does the character discover life on another planet? mars?

does the character learn how to create something? related to technology? engineering? science?

did you, by writing this particular scence discover something? related to medicine? technology? science?
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is what you did successfully related to you and your writing (and completion) of the book? No. Even if the only thing I had written was this particular scene, I would still have done the thing successfully in a certain amount of time? No is it related to something your character does? Yes

does it have to do with time travel? No

does the character make a major medical breakthrough? cure for cancer? cure for something else? No

does the character discover life on another planet? mars? No

does the character learn how to create something? Noish related to technology? engineering? science?

did you, by writing this particular scene discover something? Noish related to medicine? technology? science?
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does the character write something? travel somewhere? are spaceships relevant? another planet? alien(s)? technology? animals? mythcal animals?
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If one of the people who has been trying to do the thing had read your novel, would they likely have noticed that you'd done it?
If they had done it in the same way you did, would they have been proud of their achievement?
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Are the people who spend their career trying to do it professional writers?
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does the character write something? No travel somewhere? No are spaceships relevant? another planet? alien(s)? technology? Yes animals? mythcal animals?

If one of the people who has been trying to do the thing had read your novel, would they likely have noticed that you'd done it? Possibly
If they had done it in the same way you did, would they have been proud of their achievement? Probably not

Are the people who spend their career trying to do it professional writers? Some are
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technology involved with lasers? computers? weapons? machines? spacecraft? automobiles? aircraft?
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technology involved with lasers? computers? Yes weapons? machines? Yes spacecraft? automobiles? aircraft?
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are there seperate computers and machines involved? or is the computer the machine?

does the character use the computer? machine? invent the computer? machine? destroy the computer? machine?
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are there seperate computers and machines involved? or is the computer the machine? The computer is the machine.

does the character use the computer? Yesish machine? <b> Yesish</c> invent the computer? machine? destroy the computer? machine?
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does the character create a computer program? create a special computer?

does the character program the computer to do something? homework? anything to do with talking to a computer and having it respond back? perform searches? computer that figures out something--maybe mathematically?
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does the character create a computer program? No create a special computer? No

does the character program the computer to do something? Noish homework? No anything to do with talking to a computer and having it respond back? No perform searches? No computer that figures out something--maybe mathematically? No
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does the character use a programme on the machine? an office programme? word? does he use the internet? another facility on the computer?
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some of the other people who try to do this are professional writers... are the others amateur writers?
Would it be possible to do what you did without writing any fiction at all?
Are there people who are trying to do what your character did in real life?
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does the character use a programme on the machine? Yes an office programme? No word? No does he use the internet? No another facility on the computer? Yes, for svv of "another facility"

some of the other people who try to do this are professional writers... are the others amateur writers? Some of them. There are many different jobs that require doing this to some extent.
Would it be possible to do what you did without writing any fiction at all? Yes
Are there people who are trying to do what your character did in real life? Yes
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Does your character create a new word or expression? new genre? new language?
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Does your character create a new word or expression? new genre? new language? None of the above
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is the programme on the machine one which is found regularly in real life computers? or only on some real life computers? is the purpose of the programme to help with maths? money management? writing? drawing? is it a game?
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is the programme on the machine one which is found regularly in real life computers? No or only on some real life computers? No is the purpose of the programme to help with maths? money management? writing? drawing? is it a game? None of the above
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careers have been built in pursuit of your achievement?
you wrote a full-length novel as a joke?
is it an idea? a concept? a solution?
the achievement is computer related? PC related? software related? it focuses on something completely different?
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careers have been built in pursuit of your achievement? Not really. The original statement of the article may have been a little confusing. There are very few people whose careers are solely devoted to trying to do the kind of thing I did, and the few that are usually do it pretty successfully. But there are lots of people who's careers involve doing it to some extent, and many of them don't succeed often.

A further hint: Most science-fiction authors do this in the course of their writing, some successfully, some not successfully, but only some of them think of doing this as what they are trying to do when writing.
you wrote a full-length novel as a joke? Not really "as a joke", but it was supposed to be humorous. In any case, not really that relevant, although it might give you some cluse as to what specifically I did.
is it an idea? a concept? a solution? An idea or a concept
the achievement is computer related? PC related? software related? it focuses on something completely different? The particular type of thing I did was somewhat software related, although people try to do the type of thing I did with many different kinds of technology
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did you write fiction about technological innovation which did not exist and then a month later the innovation was introduced in the real world?
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did you write fiction about technological innovation which did not exist and then a month later the innovation was introduced in the real world?
YES!!! And "predicting future technological developments" was the "thing I did". Now the question is to figure out what exactly I predicted.
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so you predicted something about a computer programme? a brand new one? does this programme deal with virus? spam? spyware?
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does the prediction solve a problem?
does the prediction create a product which can be sold?
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so you predicted something about a computer programme? Yes a brand new one? Yes. I predicted that a new type of computer program would be developed. does this programme deal with virus? spam? spyware? None of them

For the next two questions, I assume that "prediction" means "the thing that I predicted".
does the prediction solve a problem? Yesish
does the prediction create a product which can be sold? Yes
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the product--would it be sold as software?

would the product be used for business? fun? teaching?

does the program have anything to do with ciphering? encoding? language? robots? (I remember that a lifelike child robot has been created in Japan...)
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does it aid scientific research?
It just might save civilization?
the software?
should we pursue more details of this claim?
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the product--would it be sold as software? Yes

would the product be used for business? fun? teaching? Probably mostly for business, maybe for a little fun as well.

does the program have anything to do with ciphering? encoding? language? robots?Yes! Robots! (I remember that a lifelike child robot has been created in Japan...)

does it aid scientific research? That's one of the things it might be used for, but not really its main purpose
It just might save civilization?
the software? The software is not the thing that 'just might save civilization'
should we pursue more details of this claim? Probably not
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so, the robot is the thing that might save civilization? if so, would they be going to war instead of humans? doing work humans might do? is what the robots would do related to a particular job?

the software involved--does it control the robots? is it used to program them?
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so, the robot is the thing that might save civilization? No if so, would they be going to war instead of humans? doing work humans might do? is what the robots would do related to a particular job? Maybe some of all of these, but not really relevant

the software involved--does it control the robots? Yes is it used to program them? Maybe this too
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is there something significant besides software and robots?
is this a new relationship between software and robots?
people have tried to acheive a similar end without software? without robots?
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is there something significant besides software and robots? Yes
is this a new relationship between software and robots? Sort of, but not the key component
people have tried to acheive a similar end without software? without robots? Irrelevant to both
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As this puzzle seems to have dried up, I will post a hint

HINT: Your form of energy is our Mel Gibson movie.
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could you post a recap please? It is terribly hard to keep up!


Does it involve Artificial Intelligence?
Does it involve the discovery of something?
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RECAP:

I wrote a story that predicted a particular piece of future technology, and a month later that technology was introduced in the real world. The new technology involves software that is used to control robots. Your task is to figure out what specifically I predicted.



Does it involve Artificial Intelligence? Not really
Does it involve the discovery of something? Not this either
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did you predict that robots would be created that would be lifelike? have emotions? seem like they had emotions? help adults perform certain tasks?
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did you predict that robots would be created that would be lifelike? have emotions? seem like they had emotions? help adults perform certain tasks? None of the above.
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Does the robot-controlling software: allow individual units to organize themselves into groups and distribute responsibilities? coordinate movements? modify each individual unit in real time?

Does this software control movement? senses? 3-D object recognition? audio communications?

Are robots involved designed or used for a specific purpose?
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Does the robot-controlling software: allow individual units to organize themselves into groups and distribute responsibilities? coordinate movements? modify each individual unit in real time?

Does this software control movement? senses? 3-D object recognition? audio communications?

Are robots involved designed or used for a specific purpose?

All of these are irrelevant.
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Does software allow robots to "reproduce"?

Is this technology ( including new software ) available commercially? to specific industries? to consumers? only in a lab?
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Does software allow robots to "reproduce"? No, and irrelevant

Is this technology ( including new software ) available commercially? to specific industries? to consumers? only in a lab? The robots themselves aren't relevant; only the software is. The software is freely available for download.
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"Your form of energy is our Mel Gibson movie. "
did someone say/write that to you?
did you write about a form of energy?
Should we explore Gibson movies?
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did someone say/write that to you? No
did you write about a form of energy? No
Should we explore Gibson movies? This is one way to go about doing it - if you figure out what this clue means you will be well on your way to solving the puzzle
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any of these mel gibson movies relevant? signs? forever young? lethal weapon? mad max?
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explore the context of the hint-quote?
who said it to whom?
was it part of the text of your work?
would software, robots, and "form of energy" be tied together?
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Any of these mel gibson movies relevant? Yes signs? forever young? lethal weapon? mad max? Not any of these though

explore the context of the hint-quote? The hint-quote is something I just made up here, but...
who said it to whom? FA, nobody said it to anyone else
was it part of the text of your work? No
would software, robots, and "form of energy" be tied together? No
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Mel as an actor? director?
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is the power--solar? fire? hydro? electric?
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Mel as an actor? director? Director
is the power--solar? No fire? No hydro? Possibly electric? Possibly but less likely
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The Man Without a Face ?
Braveheart ?
The Passion of the Christ ?
Apocalypto ?
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The Man Without a Face ?
Braveheart ?
The Passion of the Christ ? This one
Apocalypto ?
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does the software allow these robots to do something to assist humans? is it anything with regard to aviation? are wars relevant?
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so a form of energy equals a biblical movie?
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does the software allow these robots to do something to assist humans? is it anything with regard to aviation? are wars relevant? No to all

so a form of energy equals a biblical movie? The Bible has nothing to do with it.
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Here's another hint that might help you get the first hint:
Who do you want to enslave today?
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is the last hint an anagram?
some wordplay?
does make reference to the slavery factors in the first century AD? BC?
is lightning relevant?
is this about "harvesting" lightning?

the relevant energy... is it
kinetic?
potential?
thermal?
electrical?
magnetic?
chemical?
nuclear?
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is the last hint an anagram? No
some wordplay? Yesish
does make reference to the slavery factors in the first century AD? BC? No
is lightning relevant? No
is this about "harvesting" lightning? No

the relevant energy... is it
kinetic?
potential? This one! You are very close...
thermal?
electrical?
magnetic?
chemical?
nuclear?
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Any relevance to Microsoft? Microsoft programs in general? a particular Microsoft program or set of programs? Microsoft taking over the world?

Your Potential is our Passion?
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ok, I was never great at science and it was ages since I took a science class, so forgive me for looking up "potential energy" in the dictionary...
does it have to do with batteries? force fields/shields? gravity?
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Any relevance to Microsoft? Microsoft programs in general? a particular Microsoft program or set of programs? Microsoft taking over the world?

Your Potential is our Passion?

CORRECT! And since being made by Microsoft is the only relevant aspect of the robot-controlling software, I think we can post the...

Spoiler

In my story, a scientist stops an out-of-control alien robot by installing "Microsoft Robot" software on it. This causes the robot to freeze up (like so many Microsoft programs do) and then it is fixed when they turn it off and turn it back on. The next month in Scientific American I read an article claiming that Microsoft was actually developing technology to program robots (google "Microsoft Robotics Studio".) Hence I successfully predicted that Microsoft would enter the robot business.
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I'm sorry. I didn't mean to kill this one. I was just being kind of silly. I didn't realize that Microsoft actually uses "Your potential is our passion" at all.

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