George Ure and his colleague Clif discussed their web bot technology which has been used to forecast indicators for future events such as the anthrax attack in Washington. Their method captures changes in language patterns within Internet discussions. This aggregated data is then processed with software to determine various keywords, which they interpret in a predictive fashion.
Since they are keying in on negative emotions in the word changes from their database, the events they foresee tend to be dire. Below are some of the predictions they made, which they admitted can "err on the side of the extreme."
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