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The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.


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Many of us struggle sometimes to put a name to a face, but what if you could recognise someone many years after seeing them for a moment?


 memory face psychology brain recognition pattern
We already have iris and fingerprint scanning but noses could be an even better method of identification.


 nose identification pattern toread
Scientists are planning to use the largest supercomputers to simulate life on Earth, including the financial system, economies and whole societies. The project is called "Living Earth Simulator" and part of a huge EU research initiative named FuturIcT.


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People's walking patterns - their gait - are so different they could be used to identify individuals. Gait can also be measured at a distance - an advantage over other forms of biometric identification.


 walking gait identification pattern
Dark Patterns: User Interfaces Designed to Trick People. Normally when you think of "bad design", you think of laziness or mistakes. These are known as design anti-patterns. Dark Patterns are different – they are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind.
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This is now possible with Google Correlate, which we’re launching today on Google Labs. Using Correlate, you can upload your own data series and see a list of search terms whose popularity best corresponds with that real world trend.


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Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events.


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