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Software that predicts the future

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Software which could predict future events has been developed by Microsoft and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

The prototype uses a combination of archived material from several sites, including the New York Times and Wikipedia, to predict incidents including disease outbreaks and riots. Researchers said that the software’s accuracy lies between 70%-90%.

Scientists argued that by using a mixture of archived news reports and real-time data, they were able to identify links between droughts and storms in parts of Africa.

"Alerts about a downstream risk of cholera could have been issued nearly a year in advance," the Director of Microsoft Research, and a PhD student at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Kira Radinsky wrote in their research paper.
 

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