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Re: Predictive Value?
  • 9/26/2013 10:31:19 PM
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You are right that it cant predict the future, but this could be useful. If this new idea can prevent one dangerous event-- is it really useless?

Re: Freedom of speech
  • 9/26/2013 11:50:42 AM
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Beth

" Criminals get caught because they slip up, and social postings give them plenty of opportunity to do that."

 Agreed. I hope within few years' time, our law enforcement agencies start taking social platforms that seriously so as to catch criminals over it. Certainly we have cells for cyber crimes but catching criminals on cyber platforms is still a new concept.

Re: Speedy call to action
  • 9/24/2013 10:40:40 AM
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So you vote for unrealistic. Me too -- at least at this point. I think there's still a lot of work to be done in this area.

Re: Predictive Value?
  • 9/24/2013 10:38:14 AM
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It's always a challenge moving from piecemeal solutions to integrated platforms, whether its for social media analytics or any other business/IT function. But I'd have to think that integration deserves serious consideration given the challenges of monitoring so many social sites.

Re: Freedom of speech
  • 9/24/2013 10:35:49 AM
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Perhaps they wouldn't do so explicitly. But what of the suspect who says he just gave his girlfriend a diamond necklace or one who posts whereabouts that contradict an alibi? Criminals get caught because they slip up, and social postings give them plenty of opportunity to do that.

Re: Freedom of speech
  • 9/24/2013 7:12:39 AM
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No, I'm referring to people posting really dumb things from their personal accounts complete with profile photos.  Some people just aren't very bright and they don't think they will be caught.

Re: Freedom of speech
  • 9/24/2013 5:32:06 AM
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Beth, I would be really surprised if even the less sophisticated crooks disclosed their criminal achievements on social networks with their actual ID through which their information and contact details can further be extracted and they get nearer to being caught.

Re: Freedom of speech
  • 9/24/2013 5:23:21 AM
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SaneIT

But in the scenarios that you are mentioning, aren't the criminals posting messages from anonymous IDs ? If yes, then it is difficult to catch criminals from there.

Re: Predictive Value?
  • 9/24/2013 4:23:00 AM
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Beth, well the companies I have come across use disparate tools and there is no doubt that these methods are less organized hence less effective compared to the initiatives by Salesforce and Sysomos that you mentioned. An integrated platform is esp great for FMCGs and Electronic device manufacturers because people talk a lot about these products on social networks and it is difficult for the social media coordination function of the company to bring all these things in its net if it uses disparate tools.

Re: Speedy call to action
  • 9/23/2013 9:50:14 PM
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..

 

Beth writes


 

... it seems so much of the UK government's success in using EMOTIVE would be not only in the ability to predict behavior but to head off such behavior -- all in real time or near to it as possible. 


 

Maybe the Ministry of Defence is excited about this, but I tend to be skeptical about the ability to head off criminal activity ... or mass popular unrest.

Makes me wonder if this use of robots to try to understand Twitter traffic will result in cases simlar to what happened to that UK couple arrested and interrogated, then expelled from the US, for texting something like "We're gonna destroy LA!" ... meaning, "We're gonna party so hard, LA will never be the same!"

And 8 categories of emotion? What happened to Arrogance? Hubris? The 7 Deadly Sins?

 

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