That wasn't email, that was over the cubicle wall.
and apparently over your head.
It isn't amazing at all. They made a bet, and as luck would have it, it won. It was definitely a more informed bet than the average bettor would make, but I don't care how good this thing is, it will never make a living betting ponies.
Actually you might be surprised how amazing it is. I remember a statistician in high school telling me a story about those stupid guess how many beans are this jar deals. Apparently, if you gather as many answers as possible and find the average, it will be accurate within 2-5 plus or minus. Obviously the larger your sample the more accurate your results. So while I am not surprised that humans can be more intelligent in large groups, I still find it amazing.
It affects their lives because the human might say, "Ok computer. I get it. Thanks for telling me," instead of "PC Load Letter? What the fuck is that supposed to mean?"
It means you need to open the fucking Paper Cartridge and Load it with some standard Letter size paper.
Feeding it romance novels? Ok, then instead of "PC Load Letter" you get: "Approach printer from rear, pressing your body roughly against it, while softly caressing Paper Tray #1's latch. Gently grant it sweet release, and when it has fully achieved removal fill it's sweet chamber with Standard Letter size blank paper. Then firmly insert the tray until the latch lets out a soft moan."
Well there's one printer that will be out of paper for a while. I don't like my paper trays to "moan".
"consumers are highly adept at tuning out brand-related Facebook and Twitter content."
Or better yet, just not going to those sites at all.
Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.