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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Sentient Econometrics  
  Use of artificial intelligence in economic forecasting.  

"For all the sophistication of its mathematical models, Planetary Economics proved no better at predicting the actions of markets and populations than Wall Street prognosticators of 20th Century Earth - there are too many unknown variables with unforeseeable consequences. Proponents of Sentient Econometrics take the best ‘intelligent computers’ developed under Digital Sentience and set them to identifying these variables and predicting their consequences. Under their diligent efforts, economics finally becomes a true science."
From Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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