Computer scientist Kira Radinsky earned a reputation for predicting the future when she developed technology that could anticipate cholera outbreaks and student riots based on data in old newspapers. Raised in Israel, Radinsky entered the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology at age fifteen. After her army service (working as a programmer for Israeli intelligence), she continued studying at the Technion, earning her PhD in 2012 at age 26. While working on her doctorate, she created a software program that could analyze data from New York Times articles going back to 1880, as well as encyclopedias and social media entries, and use that information to predict major events with 70-90% accuracy. The resulting predictions include cholera outbreaks when floods hit areas a year after bad droughts, and student riots when prices of bread and gas spike. In 2013 Radinsky became co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of SalesPredict, using data mining to predict events and trends for companies. That year she was also honored by MIT Technology Review as one of the top innovators under 35. Radinsky became a visiting professor at Technion in 2016.
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