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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:16 AM

DOD Plans Study to Predict the Future

Source: Nextgove.com

"The Defense Department wants new computer tools to analyze mounds of unstructured text, blogs and tweets as part of a coordinated push to help military analysts predict the future and make decisions faster.

The search is part of the Office of Naval Research’s “Data to Decisions” program, a series of three-to-10-year initiatives that will address the volume of information that threatens to overwhelm planners in the digital age, contract databases indicate. The goal is to build an open source system that can unite various tools that collect, manage and draw relationships between data sets."

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"Defense is seeking ways to predict the future by monitoring Twitter, blogs and news, and determining the “frequency of contacts between nodes or clusters.” As networks grow larger and more complex, researchers have found it harder to monitor group behavior."



Read more: http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2013/01/can-you-predict-future-reading-twitter-pentagon-thinks-maybe/60634/?oref=ng-dropdown



And, people wonder why Defense spending is so out of control.

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Arctic Dave Jan 2013 #4
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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:18 AM

1. The future is coming. We hope.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:24 AM

2. Here's a hint: The US will lose the arms race a couple decades after the Soviets lost.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:24 AM

3. Flying cars! I want my flying cars! Where are the flying cars! nt

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:32 AM

4. Here, I'll help. Monitor these jackoffs.

 

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:50 AM

10. + 1 trillion a year.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:33 AM

5. Google Trends sort of does this already.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:34 AM

6. TIA 3.0

Why is it that this program keeps coming back in new forms simply rebranding "Total Information Awareness" program.

Oh that's right because we spend entirely too fucking much on the military! I predict that this program will not receive a single cutback or budget reduction, but many many of the old and poor will!

USA USA!

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:43 AM

7. How is that supposed to help those who forget history?

Maybe the future will just keep repeating itself.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:40 AM

8. I can complete that study now

The algorithm will be: If no immediate war opportunity, instigate.

I'll take cash or check.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:48 AM

9. Project "Crystal Ball". n/t

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:53 AM

11. Oh crap! This is starting to sound like the movie "Paycheck".

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:13 PM

12. I remember reading a book by Asimov

where this was the basis for some plot... Foundation series I think.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:45 PM

13. So here is my book list to start with: "After the Empire" by Emmanuel Todd; "The Long Emergency"

by James Howard Kunstler; "Small is Beautiful" by E.F. Schumacher; "Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution" by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & :. Hunter Lovins; "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" by Paul Kennedy; "When Corporations Rule the World" by David C. Korten; "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein; and "The Sorrows of Empire" by Chalmers Johnson.

I have read all of these and am interested in others of this nature regarding the future.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:02 PM

14. Garbage in,Garbage out.

Fail.

Would you like to play 'Thermonuclear War'?

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:43 PM

15. Rec'd for visibility

This sucks.

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