AI seems able to answer questions at the heart of humanitarianism – questions such as who we should save, and how to be effective at scale.
Where there’s smoke, there will be lava?
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How do scientists predict volcanic eruptions? To do so with accuracy, they need to know the individual volcano and its history very well.
OK, I’ve got this….
Feel like something will be easy to remember? Your prediction may be influenced by how clearly the information was presented in the first place.
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Many of HG Wells's futuristic prophecies have come true, but the one on which his heart was most set – the establishment of a world state – remains unfulfilled.
Many, and varied, inputs make better predictions.
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It's not a good idea to simply rely on methods that have provided accurate predictions in the past.
Leicester City’s win last year was unpredictable, which is why so many of us found it exciting.
Turns out the English Premier League is a lot more unpredictable than Spain's La Liga, which could be why it attracts so much funding.
Media predictions aren’t usually great, but those from 2015 were historically bad.
As the talking heads line up to predict this season's division winners, many are hoping fans will forget their abysmal forecasts for the 2015 season.
Doc (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty (Michael J Fox) in 2015.
The movie got some predictions right on what Doc and Marty would find when the arrive in the "future" today. But what could they find if they took another 30 year leap into the future?
Can we predict the Nobel Prize Winners? You can bet on it!
The favourite in the betting won has almost every single US presidential election since 1868 and more recently the Academy Awards. But how well can the market predict the Nobel Prize winners?
Maylasia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014.
The collective wisdom of expert crowds could provide the answer to the Malaysia Airlines mystery.
What are you looking at?
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Technologies that predict the possibility of a neurological disorder have the weight of affecting conceptions of not just “what” these children have but “who” these children will become.
Or do they completely miss the mark?
It turns out the only insider knowledge you'll need is a copy of last year's standings.
Guys, I’m just trying to hibernate over here.
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It's all about mating success.
A woman views the floral memorial outside the fenced off Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place in Sydney.
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It’s the question everyone is asking – could the Sydney siege have been predicted and therefore prevented based on the past behaviour of gunman Man Haron Monis. Monis’ troubled history was well known to…
Crystal ball view of the tournament to come.
It’s World Cup crunch time. The group stages are over and it will be knockout games to the final from here on in. From the performances we’ve seen so far, there are numerous contenders for the title. Brazil…
Spain took home the 2010 World Cup trophy – can they do it again this year?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a hard-core football nut, a once-every-four-years fan or even a psychic animal – most of us speculate on the winner of the World Cup. The 2014 competition is held in Brazil…
The bigger the promises, the bigger the lie.
As notorious weather predictions go, the “barbecue summer” of 2009 is up there with Michael Fish’s dismissal of the incoming 1987 hurricane. The summer turned out to be wet and windy, and questions were…
Volcanic eruptions since 2000 have had a cooling effect on the earth’s climate. Benjamin Santer and colleagues found that…
Some technologies are easy to predict, but it’s easy to get the detail wrong.
Although I’m a futurist, I have absolutely no idea what information and communications technology will look like in 50 years time. I do know that some of it will be familiar because once we find a usable…
Approximately 135 million people are expected to suffer with dementia by 2050, more than tripling the current figures. A…