|Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:21 pm - IP Logged|
Robots should be picking the numbers! Or put the 1-69 for powerball on a sheet of paper with chicken feed and let a chicken decide the newest millionaire. The biggest holes in the paper are the winnings numbers. Anything else is verbage.
Robots are computers so they can be manipulated.
Ever seen the chicken playing the piano at a State Fair? Animals can be manipulated. Where the numbers are on the sheet of paper the chicken is peeking and where the feed is will play a part in what number is the winner. Measuring the "largest hole" will be subject to manipulation (remember the hanging chads in Florida?).
If man has a hand in it then the hand of man can affect it.
A Mechanical Turk was built hundreds of years ago. A robot that played chess and was remarkably good. Fooled a lot of people and that's something so fantastic that people would naturally question it.
In the end you have to rely on the people at the lottery who are overseeing the drawings to be on the lookout for midgets in the box, slight of hand, fake video feeds, manipulated balls, etc. That's probably better than someone asking you to trust software that is spitting out numbers. Software running on a computer that could have been hacked.
In the end it comes down to trusting humans and building in enough safeguards to hopefully catch the ones not worthy of trust before they manage to rig the system and get away with a big pile of money.