Monday, 12 September 2011

Nautilus super computer predicts the future and stuff

Nautilus is one of the most powerful computers in the world. And they're using it to predict the future, by reading all the news there is to read and spotting trends. Like a kind of supercharged We Feel Fine (http://www.wefeelfine.org/)

Here's the not very interesting page that proves the computer exists, but does little else: http://cell.icm.edu.pl/index.php/Nautilus

Here's a BBC story about it predicting the future: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14841018

And here's Charlie Brooker summing it up for the rest of us:

"That's how Nautilus works, see. It sits there reading the news and calculates what's coming. Earlier this year it sifted through 100 million news reports, analysing them for general overall "mood" using a process called "automated sentiment mining". Yes, "automated sentiment mining". Women come equipped with that as standard, whereas we men have to build computers to work out what our fellow humans are thinking."

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