Google Offers Future Prediction In The Cloud

At the upcoming Google I/O conference, Googlers Felipe Hoffa and Jordan Tigani will be offering a talk called "Predicting the Future with the Google Cloud Platform":

Can you predict the future using Big Data? Can you divine if your users will come back to your site or where the next social conflict will arise? And most importantly, can Brazil be defeated at soccer on their own turf? In this talk, we'll go through the process of data extraction, modelling and prediction as well as generating a live dashboard to visualize the results. We’ll demonstrate how you can use Google Cloud and Open Source technologies to make predictions about the biggest soccer matches in the world. You’ll see how to use Google BigQuery for data analytics and Monte Carlo simulations, as well as how to create machine learning models in R and pandas. We predict that after this talk you’ll have the necessary tools to cast your own eye on the future.

I find myself wondering if, at some Google server farm, there is a secret room with precogs muttering and mumbling, wired in to the computers:

Doors opened and closed, and they were in the analytical wing. Ahead of them rose impressive banks of equipment - the data-receptors, and the computing mechanisms that studied and restructured the incoming material. And beyond the machinery sat the three precogs, almost lost to view in the maze of wiring...

In the gloomy half-darkness the three idiots sat babbling. Every incoherent utterance, every random syllable, was analyzed, compared and reassembled in the form of visual symbols, transcribed on conventional punchcards, and ejected into various coded slots. All day long the idiots babbled, imprisoned in their special high-backed chairs, held in one rigid position by metal bands, and bundles of wiring, clamps...

The three gibbering, fumbling creatures, with their enlarged heads and wasted bodies, were contemplating the future. The analytical machinery was recording prophecies, and as the three precog idiots talked, the machinery carefully listened.
(Read more about Philip K. Dick's precrime analytical wing)

I'd like to point out that the time remaining for some generous person to send me a registration code for Google I/O 2014 is really running out...

From Predicting the future with the Google Cloud Platform. And thanks to Frolix_8 for reminding me about the PKD connection (I tweeted about this last night).

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