Dina Temple-Raston http://www.kplu.org en Predicting The Future: Fantasy Or A Good Algorithm? http://www.kplu.org/post/predicting-future-fantasy-or-good-algorithm After failing to predict the Arab Spring, intelligence officials are now exploring whether Big Data, the combing of billions of pieces of disparate electronic information, can help them identify hot spots before they explode. The intelligence community has always been in the business of forecasting the future. The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs among other things — can help them do that faster and more precisely.<p>Enter a Swedish-American start-up company called <a href="https://www.recordedfuture.com/">Recorded Future</a>. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:57:30 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 6626 at http://www.kplu.org