Now social scientists are trying to mine the vast resources of the Internet — Web searches and Twitter messages, Facebook and blog posts, the digital location trails generated by billions of cellphones — to do the same thing.
The most optimistic researchers believe that these storehouses of “big data” will for the first time reveal sociological laws of human behavior — enabling them to predict political crises, revolutions and other forms of social and economic instability, just as physicists and chemists can predict natural phenomena.
via U.S. Intelligence Unit Aims to Build a ‘Data Eye in the Sky’ – NYTimes.com.
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Sorta like Asimov’s historians in the Foundation Trilogy.