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Feed me Seymour

Supercomputer predicts revolution. I saw this article and I thought 'bah, the BBC is at it again.' But it's actually an interesting piece of research. What fascinates me is how such vast amounts of information can be now be analysed. Data mining isn't new, but the scope of the information you can now crunch through, and the computing power with which to do it, is just in another league, and you have to know we're only getting started.

When people ask why it is that make-no-money companies like Twitter and Facebook are worth so much, I think this has a lot to do with it. Imagine the kinds of things you can learn about humanity by throwing just a day's worth of Facebook interaction at a herd of supercomputers.

{2011.09.10 - 22:48}


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