CIA, Google Invest in ‘Future’ Web Algorithm — Redmondmag.com.
The search giant Google and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency are investing in a company working to track Web-browsing behavior.
Both companies are funneling money intoRecorded Future, a company researching a new Web-browsing analytics tool that could be used to estimate the future browsing habits of people surfing the Web.Boston-based Recorded Future scans thousands of Web sites, Twitter feeds and blog postings, analyzing connections to predict future activity. According to Recorded Future’s Web site, the company’s Temporal Analytics Engine sets itself apart from traditional search algorithms “by looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”
When the Temporal Analytics Engine is ready, Google plans to implement it into Google’s own page retrieval and ranking algorithm for improved search results.
In the case of the CIA, it’s very clear why it would be interested in the company’s emerging search algorithm. Not only can the engine help connect dots between seemingly unrelated searches, events or communications; it could help to predict situations, including possible terrorism targets.