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Baidu Uses Map Searches To Predict When Crowds Will Get Out Of Control

MIT Technology Review

China’s leading Internet search company, Baidu, says that data collected from its customers could be used to predict and preëmpt potentially deadly crowd gatherings in the real world.

Baidu has an incredible amount of data to mine. Out of a total population of 1.35 billion in China, more than 657 million people use its services. And some 302 million use its map services each month.

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