The LAPD is one of a growing number of police departments using algorithms to try to predict crimes before they happen. Proponents of these tools say they pr...
How to Do the Deck Predictor Card Trick
The Deck Predictor is a very common type of mental trick in which the performer uses his mind reading capability in order to guess the card chosen by a spectator. First, the cards in a deck are properly mixed, and then the spectator is required to make cuts in the deck. After this, the spectator, …
How to Think Exponentially and Better Predict the Future
This is the third in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. Be sure to read the other articles: Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise? Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future …
How to make the most of predictive analytics
Predictive analytics is giving brands the capability to automate marketing responses in any given customer scenario, but it requires fundamental shifts in companies' attitudes to technology and the willingness to test and learn continually.
How MassHealth cut Medicaid fraud with predictive analytics
Predictive analytics system based on NetReveal fraud detection protects MassHealth from fraud and unnecessary expenditures.
How social networks predict epidemics
After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).
Years ago I conducted an experiment as a project for my psychology class where I literally gave every participant the exact same results to an assessment and then asked how accurate the reading had been. Without exception, every participant stated […]
How an Area’s Union Membership Can Predict Children’s Advancement
Children born to low-income families typically ascend to higher incomes in metro areas where union membership is higher, a study shows.
How Did Netflix’s Knock Down the House Predict AOC’s Rise? It Didn’t.
“We had a whole plan. It was going to be gritty and dark, and we were going to tell it like it is.” Then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won.
How a 1970s Jeff Goldblum Film Predicted the Current Journalism Crisis
Joan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines will be eerily familiar to any journalist or writer working today.
Imaging Tool Helps Doctors Predict How Cancer Will Respond to Radiation
A special type of spectroscopy helped doctors differentiate between tumors in mice that responded to radiation therapy and those that resisted it.
“Predicting” the future: how genomic prediction methods anticipated technology
A landmark paper published in GENETICS founded the field of genomic prediction before the requisite technology was available. When a new technology is developed, it can allow scientists to make gre…
How social media images can predict gentrification in cities
Which comes first: the farmer's market or the artist's studio?
An algorithm can predict how smart you are based on your Facebook photo
Researchers have developed an algorithm for predicting how smart someone is by looking at their social media profile picture.
7 maps predicting how much snow Massachusetts will get Thursday
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Boston.
How AI Can Predict Heart Failure Before it's Diagnosed
Researchers are using AI to predict heart failure months before doctors can now diagnose it. This could reduce heart failure rates and possibly save lives.
Technology could help predict the next refugee crisis — here's how
IBM’s Refugee & Migration Predictive Analytics Solution prototype is a tool to determine where people are going and how they are getting there, and to look for trends and correlations in the refugee crisis.
How can I predict when my period will come?
Someone asked us Hi im confused how am I suppose to count my period and to predict my next one. Do i count from the day it started and go out 28 or 30 days? Or do i count from when my last period ended? Thanks One of the great mysteries of life: when will my period come?! We’ve all been surprised by Aunt Flo (hello, formerly white shorts). Although people get their period every 28 days on average, this isn’t a universal…
How we shaft the mentally ill
When institutions for the mentally ill closed in Illinois, patients ended up on their own. They commit petty crimes and land in the criminal justice system.
This is how big data can predict the next best-seller
One title made the New York Times best-seller list with annual sales of just 5,000 copies.