"Minority Report-style pre-crime prediction using Twitter data"

10/08/2013 - 00:00

It’s the year 2054, where “PreCrime,” a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs.”  That’s the premise of the Minority Report film. Now University of Twente (UT) mathematics student Marijn ten Thij* has developeda mathematical model that he says could achieve a similar result (but not limited to crimes) by analyzing tweets — perhaps similar to what the NSA is already doing.