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Can Computer Software Predict Disasters?

Computer software can do amazing things, sometimes unexpected things, but can it be used to predict disasters? Microsoft is trying to see how well (or if) that will actually work to any meaningful degree. What will we think of next?




...the software analyzes news headlines in different regions to see if it can spot warning signs for outbreaks of diseases or civil unrest that could result in violence.


“I truly view this as a foreshadowing of what’s to come,” says Eric Horvitz, a co-director at Microsoft Research. “Eventually this kind of work will start to have an influence on how things go for people.”



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