Fast forward to the year 2008.
- The mindreader could get everyones name ahead of time since most paid by credit card, and google some of them to find out more about them.
- But, the audience knows he can do this.
- The more precise his statements are (e.g., I sense that Bill co-writes a Blog with someone named Lance) the more obvious it is that he used GOOGLE and hence the less impressed I would be.
- Lets look at this another way: How could a real mindreader convince us that he wasn't using Google? Or some other high-tech device?
Arthur Clark's famous quote
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguable from magic.What is happening here is the inverse or converse or something of that:
In a sufficiently advanced technlogical society it will be hard for a magician to impress anyone.