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4D VR generator offers increasingly-best guess what any place and time on Earth looked like. Using historical maps and databases guesses what cities looked like. Fills in gaps with algorithmic approximations.
Suppose I need to know how Wagner's reputation rose and fell in 19thC Dublin-- could a database be built that tracked this level of detail? Could it be extended to include all fashions at all times?
How far is it possible to reconstruct who-read-what-when, especially for historical figures? Won't memory soon be cheap enough that we can run queries like "Where did Joyce first hear of Nietzsche?" and get a best guess reply?
Imagine if you could type any phrase into (eg) Wikipedia and get a neatly edited history of who used the phrase when, and how it might have spread. (Google Books is halfway there, it just needs editorial cleaning-up.)