Refugee or Terrorist? IBM Thinks Its Software Has the Answer

Tools for turning unstructured data into actionable intelligence are getting better, and that could alter the risk-reward calculation at the heart of the data-collection debate.

Take IBM’s i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis, or i2 EIA. IBM purchased i2EIA back in 2011 and added in some of the company’s patented cognitive computing capabilities, the most famous of which is Watson, the AI that beat Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings.

IBM believes the tool could help governments separate real refugees from impostors, untangle terrorist cells, or even predict bomb attacks.

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