Pretty hec­tic!

The invest­ment arms of the CIA and Google are both back­ing a com­pany that mon­i­tors the web in real time and says it uses that infor­ma­tion to pre­dict the future.

The com­pany is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thou­sands of web­sites, blogs and Twit­ter accounts to find the rela­tion­ships between peo­ple, orga­ni­za­tions, actions and inci­dents both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the com­pany says its tem­po­ral ana­lyt­ics engine “goes beyond search” by “look­ing at the ‘invis­i­ble links’ between doc­u­ments that talk about the same, or related, enti­ties and events.”

The idea is to fig­ure out for each inci­dent who was involved, where it hap­pened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chat­ter, show­ing online “momen­tum” for any given event.

Read more here: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Mon­i­tor­ing.