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  1. Meet the Digital Age’s Very Own Prophet

    The ancient Greeks would have loved Kira Radinsky. She’s a modern oracle with the computing power to predict critical events. The 27-year-old Israeli computer scientist is collaborating with a Microsoft team to design software that monitors news and social media. The program discerns patterns and anticipates where they’re headed, and has foreseen an eerie number of global happenings, from Middle Eastern riots to an unexpected outbreak of cholera in Cuba. It’s had some misses, but the software boasts a 70- to 90-percent success rate, boding well for Radinsky’s prediction startup.


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