7 Very Misleading Sequences

Here are a number of misleading sequences. I have given the first few numbers of each sequence, and your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to guess the next number.

1. A Doubling Dilemma

1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ___?

Did you get 32 from doubling?

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#7: The Visible Grid Point Problem

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Here is a difficult probability question:

Suppose you are standing on an infinitely large square grid at the point (0,0), and suppose that you can see infinitely far but cannot see through grid points. Given a random grid point z = (x,y), where x and y are integers, what is the chance you can see z?

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On the Connectivity of the Reddit Community

Here is the link to the paper [pdf].

Abstract: The main statistical result of this paper is that of the reddit users who have upvoted at least one post, 31.4% of them have upvoted only one post and, moreover, have been the only person to upvote it. Conversely, 22.6% of posts which have been voted on at all have received only downvotes and no upvotes. In addition, 67.4% of users are connected in a giant component of upvoting common posts, while 91.4% of posts are connected by having been upvoted by common users.