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Google And CIA Invest In The 'Future' Of Web Monitoring

Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA, have invested in technology start-up Recorded Future.

Recorded Future has designed a Temporal Analytics Engine for web monitoring that could predict the future.

Tech news site Wired reported that, in 2009, the investment divisions of Google and the CIA had invested under $10 million each in the start-up and have since been providing valuable expertise to the company.

According to Wired, the company has developed a program that scans the internet for websites, social networking profiles, blogs and incidents to attempt to find links between people, organisations and incidents. The program will the give a detailed analysis of the present and predict the future.

Speaking to Wired, Christopher Ahlberg, the CEO of Recorded Future and a former ranger in the Swedish army, said: “The cool thing is, you can actually predict the curve, in many cases. We’re right there as it happens. We can assemble actual real-time dossiers on people.”