Microsoft and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have partnered and begun work on software that takes 22 years of news archives to try to predict the future. Using New York Times archives, Wikipedia, and 90 other web resources, they hope to prevent future diseases, riots, and death. This is one of a number of future-predicting initiatives, including “Recorded Future,” a site that analyzes news, blogs, and social media. Researchers are also trying to use Twitter and Google to track flu outbreaks.
The researchers at Microsoft and Technion say that their software has the advantage over humans because of it’s ability to learn, research continuously, has no bias, and has a larger access to news.