Supercomputer Predicts Revolution

RevolutionOK, so it predicted Egypt and Libya – how about the United States? From BBC News:

Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events, according to US research.

A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden’s location.

Kalev Leetaru, from the University of Illinois’ Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Science, presented his findings in the journal First Monday.

[continues at BBC News]

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45 Comments on "Supercomputer Predicts Revolution"

  1. Dukedevil914 | Sep 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm |

    This is so painfully irrelevant.

  2. Dukedevil914 | Sep 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm |

    This is so painfully irrelevant.

  3. Don'tBlameMeIvotedForKodos | Sep 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm |

    “But the super-computer told us to…”

  4. Don'tBlameMeIvotedForKodos | Sep 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm |

    “But the super-computer told us to…”

  5. Your screen name is also a pretty good ska band.

  6. it has to happen eventually

  7. it has to happen eventually

  8. yeah this skynet is gonna cause it

  9. yeah this skynet is gonna cause it

  10. Can it predict football matches? I want in on the cash. And will it have the power to stream the revolution online?

  11. Can it predict football matches? I want in on the cash. And will it have the power to stream the revolution online?

  12. Heretikos | Sep 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm |

    Morons. There is no real revolution in Libya. Only outsiders that are flown in to commit acts of terror. 

  13. Heretikos | Sep 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm |

    Morons. There is no real revolution in Libya. Only outsiders that are flown in to commit acts of terror. 

    • SlammoFandango | Sep 13, 2011 at 11:38 am |

      Damn skippy. It don’t take no crystal ball to have known that going before the IMF and announcing intentions to withdraw billions held in trust in western banks in order to place them in another monetary fund to compete for loans to other nations which are present customers of the IMF while also breaking from the worldwide compulsory usage of petrodollars as a form of compensation for oil sales was going to result in ‘Humanitarian Intervention’,,,

  14. Tio Holtzman | Sep 13, 2011 at 12:50 am |

    MFW the web bot project has had the drop on this for a long time.  *sigh*  Oh, you don’t know about web bots?

    http://www.urbansurvival.comwww.halfpasthuman.com

  15. Tio Holtzman | Sep 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm |

    MFW the web bot project has had the drop on this for a long time.  *sigh*  Oh, you don’t know about web bots?

    http://www.urbansurvival.comwww.halfpasthuman.com

  16. I don’t think you have to be a super-computer to figure out the Empire of the Good is headed for a tumble.

  17. BuzzCoastin | Sep 13, 2011 at 7:46 am |

    I don’t think you have to be a super-computer to figure out the Empire of the Good is headed for a tumble.

  18. Anonymous | Sep 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

    Damn skippy. It don’t take no crystal ball to have known that going before the IMF and announcing intentions to withdraw billions held in trust in western banks in order to place them in another monetary fund to compete for loans to other nations which are present customers of the IMF while also breaking from the worldwide compulsory usage of petrodollars as a form of compensation for oil sales was going to result in ‘Humanitarian Intervention’,,,

  19. Anonymous | Sep 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

    Damn skippy. It don’t take no crystal ball to have known that going before the IMF and announcing intentions to withdraw billions held in trust in western banks in order to place them in another monetary fund to compete for loans to other nations which are present customers of the IMF while also breaking from the worldwide compulsory usage of petrodollars as a form of compensation for oil sales was going to result in ‘Humanitarian Intervention’,,,

  20. …No empire is good. They are inherently bad.

  21. Depends on what biased reporter is writing the stories fed into the supercomputer.. the supercomputer is just another sheep.

  22. Depends on what biased reporter is writing the stories fed into the supercomputer.. the supercomputer is just another sheep.

  23. Anonymous | Sep 22, 2011 at 6:16 am |

    Its a real facts for super computer revolution.what revolution Predict by the supercomputer?
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  24. Anonymous | Sep 24, 2011 at 12:49 am |

     Karl Marx had it almost right. At some point, capitalism can destroy itself. You cannot keep on shifting income from labor to capital without having an excess capacity and a lack of aggregate demand. That’s what has happened. We thought that markets worked. They’re not working. The individual can be rational. The firm, to survive and thrive, can push labor costs more and more down, but labor costs are someone else’s income and consumption. That’s why it’s a self-destructive process. But for the Socialists in Canada, who take taxes from both labor and corporation, and distribute this wealth in equal fashion to the people in forms such as free medical care, free schooling, subsidized post-secondary schooling, massive power plants of Solar, Hydro, Wind or even of nuclear nature, roadways for all to use, Good government, good policing of the system. Low rental housing, treatment for the mentally ill in place of mindless imprisonment. In Northern climates this system seems to work very well, and make for a really progressive society that grows at a rate that is sustainable – Birth control centers provide advice, services so women can choose, men can so get vasectomies, families can be limited to practical sustainable sizes. Even legal holidays are declared, minimum wages enforced, labor laws for health and safeties sake are enforced, hospitals are built , and all are given access, not just the richer folk. Corporations recognizing the higher productivity from healthy happy well educated people invest in this system, expect to pay taxes but still receive fair margin for their Capital, in production returned.

  25.  Karl Marx had it almost right. At some point, capitalism can destroy itself. You cannot keep on shifting income from labor to capital without having an excess capacity and a lack of aggregate demand. That’s what has happened. We thought that markets worked. They’re not working. The individual can be rational. The firm, to survive and thrive, can push labor costs more and more down, but labor costs are someone else’s income and consumption. That’s why it’s a self-destructive process. But for the Socialists in Canada, who take taxes from both labor and corporation, and distribute this wealth in equal fashion to the people in forms such as free medical care, free schooling, subsidized post-secondary schooling, massive power plants of Solar, Hydro, Wind or even of nuclear nature, roadways for all to use, Good government, good policing of the system. Low rental housing, treatment for the mentally ill in place of mindless imprisonment. In Northern climates this system seems to work very well, and make for a really progressive society that grows at a rate that is sustainable – Birth control centers provide advice, services so women can choose, men can so get vasectomies, families can be limited to practical sustainable sizes. Even legal holidays are declared, minimum wages enforced, labor laws for health and safeties sake are enforced, hospitals are built , and all are given access, not just the richer folk. Corporations recognizing the higher productivity from healthy happy well educated people invest in this system, expect to pay taxes but still receive fair margin for their Capital, in production returned.

  26. Anonymous | Sep 24, 2011 at 5:47 am |

     This Super Computer can be Predicts for many Revolution in Different Revolution in different country .
    http://www.alamgsm.com/vb/member.php?u=153496

  27. With the media being so far tilted left, how can this be considered scientific?

  28. With the media being so far tilted left, how can this be considered scientific?

  29. E.B. Wolf | Sep 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    You are joking, right?

  30. E.B. Wolf | Sep 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    You are joking, right?

  31. E.B. Wolf | Sep 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    You are joking, right?

  32. Thesis statement fail.  I read the article wondering if it would forecast stability for the US, and the article said that they excluded the US (the only country to be excluded deliberately rather than due to a dearth of e-info) due to issues with the CIA.

  33. Thesis statement fail.  I read the article wondering if it would forecast stability for the US, and the article said that they excluded the US (the only country to be excluded deliberately rather than due to a dearth of e-info) due to issues with the CIA.

  34. Anonymous | Sep 26, 2011 at 7:22 am |

    Its Big Reality for Predicts for the Libya and Egypt by the super Computer Revolution.
    http://overstockcoupon1.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-select-right-mens-jeans.html

  35. Anonymous | Sep 27, 2011 at 10:04 am |

     Its a very Strange News given by the Super Computer Revolution for Predict to any country .
    http://wayfairpromocode.blogspot.com/2011/09/look-over-style-of-modern-furniture.html

  36. This isn’t really as hard as all that. I just read an article in “Science” talking about how a boom in the population of twenty-somethings in a country greatly increases the odds of violent protests, uprisings, rebellions, etc. “Yes, it’s predictable.”

  37. This isn’t really as hard as all that. I just read an article in “Science” talking about how a boom in the population of twenty-somethings in a country greatly increases the odds of violent protests, uprisings, rebellions, etc. “Yes, it’s predictable.”

  38. Anonymous | Sep 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm |

    But they still ban my movies in Canaduh.

  39. Jinoturista | Oct 1, 2011 at 12:26 am |

    Who listens to Fox News??  You listen to Fox News.  Dumb-ass!

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