This truly is the age of Big Data, with data acting almost like an oracle of ancient times, predicting events with uncanny accuracy, if only we’ll ask the right questions. Leading Big Data player Predata says (in a post at Medium) that the Internet’s data can tell us what Russia’s going to do next:
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What will Vladimir Putin do next? This is a question the world, its expectations confounded by two years of Russian adventurism in Crimea, the Ukraine, and beyond, is finding it increasingly difficult to answer. The clues are out there, though — it’s just getting harder to unearth them. On November 8, we used the Predata signal for Russian NATO intrusions — an index of the volatility of chatter around this topic on Wikipedia, YouTube, across the comment section of news websites, and elsewhere — to predict a 75% chance of a Russian intrusion across a NATO border within 30 days.