Inside The Brain Of Recorded Future
How does a future predicting web service work? Its founder explains.
Earlier this year, we covered a story about a new future-predicting search engine called Recorded Future that attracted investment from Google and the CIA. Unlike conventional search engines, Recorded Future goes deeper into the web and analyzes subtle connections between events and people, which helps it to look for patterns that may form certain outcomes. In a recent interview, the company’s founder Christopher Ahlberg revealed how his search engine works.
Recorded Future’s software does this semantically, using linguistic tools that identify certain types of events and the sentiment conveyed in the wording. It aims for articles with some degree of established veracity, like government filings, news articles, and speeches by leaders or heads of industry, but the software also scans Twitter updates and other measures of general feeling or sentiment surrounding an event, person, company, or product.