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FutureWatch: Using computers to outthink terrorists

Can software algorithms predict a terrorist’s next move before he makes it? Some of the technology shown in last year’s blockbuster movie Minority Report may soon be a reality and a centerpiece of the intelligence community’s war on terrorism. In the futuristic thriller, Tom Cruise played the head of a police unit that uses psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit their crimes. Research into new intelligence technology is taking place as part of a $54 million program known as Genoa II, a follow-on to the Genoa I program, which focused on intelligence analysis. In Genoa II, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is studying potential IT that may not only enable new levels of collaboration among teams of intelligence analysts, policy-makers and covert operators, but could also make it possible for humans and computers to “think together” in real time to “anticipate and preempt terrorist threats,” according to official program documents. Full Story

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