Why Not? Using the Data On the Web to Predict the Future

Women may not run the world just yet, but they are programming computer systems to read the New York Times, Wikipedia and other internet connected databases to predict future events. Our Guest this week is Kira Radinsky, whose doctoral thesis, "Learning to Predict the Future using Web Knowledge and Dynamics," describes how to do that. Her paper is important because her work could be applied to saving lives by predicting disease outbreaks, deaths, and riots.

We talk to her about what inspired her to be a computer scientist, her algorithms, and her dreams for the future.


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