So like fashion, news also moves in cycles?

Thursday, 14 February, 2013

Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are working with Microsoft Research to produce software than can predict future events, such as disease outbreaks or violence, by analyzing old news stories:

The researchers want to develop the tool such that it will provide proper guidance in terms of short term actions that can be taken based on present data. According to the researchers their work will go on and that they are looking forward to mining more data from other newspapers, digitized books and such sources in a bid to refine their software. The researchers hope that their work will promote additional research in this field by utilizing past experiences and human knowledge to predict future events and plausible interventions as needed.

Sounds a little like Minority Report no? I’m curious as to how accurate the event prediction will turn out to be.

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