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American computer academics say they have created an artificial-intelligence-based computer program which can scan news reports to swiftly identify which terrorist group is behind an outrage. They claim the "open source intelligence"* scanner gave good results in the wake of last year's Mumbai attack. "Our group has written …

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How do they know

Sounds like a nonsense claim to me. I'm pretty certain that the spook responsible for India probably said immediately that this is probably Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as soon as they heard the reports and details. They probably even told their superiors their gut feeling. They then would have gone to work colloborating and finding evidence for what they thught they knew in the first few minutes of the attack before publically giving the terrorists publicity (last thing you want to do is give the credit to the wrong group and look silly)

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Black Helicopters

How clever - not.

So there is

* a small handful of terrorist groups

* a small number that dont like India

* an attack on Indian soil

now, lets take a random punt and guess which it is.

The above is the human, he takes 1 second with limited information.

The computer software takes many months of inputting the data and finally agrees with the answer form the human.

So whats the point of this software?

Maybe if they developed software that could reliably predict in advance the date/time/location and of course the gang of no-gooders, then it would be useful.

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Great stuff!

Yeah. Of course. And then send an sms to the drone to fire a Cruise missile up the terrorists' backsides. And also find the WMD while at it.

Having said that, it doesn't require much intelligence (artificial or otherwise) to realise that most attacks in Indian territory (if you leave out the North East) are by the LeT, aided and abetted by the Pakistani government / army / whatever they call their terrorists these days...

Anon, of course. Else I'll be another infidel statistic.

Mine's the bullet proof one made of toilet paper. Provided by the Indian government.

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how dose it

filter out the wrong info that is allways given out on the news wires in the few houres after an atack?

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Paris Hilton

ID

when I first parsed the title I thought "About time they started using antiterror tools against Intelligent Design nutcases!", then I read it agan and went "D'oh!"

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Open Intel?

I like the idea of open-intel-- let us all know what the spooks know-- and no doubt with increased reliability for that matter. Why wait for some suit to be forced to tell the media what's going on in the world, completely spin-doctored by the latest govt. administration? The equivalent of a public RSS ECHELON feed, that's the ticket. WE ARE the MEN in BLACK....

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I hope

it's more sophisticated than just searching for "<foo> claimed responsibility" in the news articles.

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Naming the terrorist group after the fact

still leaves a body count, so if all this program does is name the perpetrator, then it's essentially worthless. Once again, American tax-dollars put to remarkably poor use at our so-called institutes of higher learning.

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What a load of bollox

It's so nonsensical that I am lost for words!

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